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Film Screening

Screening of The Swing & The President's Visit

Date of Screening: 21-January-2019

Time of Screening: 19:00

Location of Screening: The Rainbow Theater - Jabal Amman - 1st Circle

Director: Cyril Aris

Country: Lebanon

Production Year: 2017

The Royal Film Commission - Jordan is pleased to invite you to attend the screening of the documentary film “The Swing” preceded by the short narrative “The President’s Visit” 

Followed by a discussion with the Lebanese director Cyril Aris on Monday 21st of January 2019 at 7:00 PM at The Rainbow Theater - Jebel Amman- 1st Circle

The President’s Visit 


Cyril Aris, 19 min, Short narrative, in Arabic with English subtitles, Lebanon/ USA/ Qatar, 2017 

When a small coastal town of fishermen learns about the secret visit of the President of the Republic to its local soap shop, they embark in an everlasting struggle at cleaning up and maintaining the perfect image of their town.

The movie has received the Grand Jury Prize at Nashville Film Festival in 2018 (an Oscar qualifying award for the Oscars of 2019), the Muhr Short Film Jury Prize at Dubai International Film Festival in 2017, National Board of Review Award in 2017, Best Directing Award at Elia Short Film Festival in Palestine in 2018, and was shortlisted for the BAFTA Student Award in 2018. 

It was screened at many film festivals including: the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, 45th Athens International Film and Video Festival, 33rd Valencia International Film Festival, 16th Tangier Festival for Mediterranean Short Films, 22nd Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, 5th BBC Arabic Film Festival, 2nd Cairo Cinema Days, 11th International Documentary and Short Films of Kerala, 1st Lebanese Independent Film Festival, Middle East Now Summer Nights in Florence and many more. 

The Swing


Cyril Aris, 74 min, Documentary, in Arabic and French with English subtitles, Lebanon, 2018

On the eve of his 90th  birthday, life hangs by a thread for Antoine as he anticipates the visit of his daughter gone on a journey to South America, while his wife for 65 years, Viviane, also suffering from the aches of old age, endures an excruciating double sentencing: dealing with her daughter’s tragic death, and concealing this unbearable truth from her husband - truth that would end the last beats of his fragile heart.

“The Swing” has won El Gouna Bronze Star Award at the"2nd El Gouna Film Festival, Jury Prize at the 24th Medfilm Festival in Rome, Honorable Mention at the 8th Open City Documentary Festival in London.

The film has participated in several film festivals including: the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 40th Cinemed- Montpellier International Festival for Mediterranean Film, 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 24th Medfilm Festival, 25th Minsk International Film Festival, 19th BLACK MOVIE – Geneva International Independent Film Festival, 5th Budapest International Documentary Film Festival and 6th Sudan Independent Film Festival.