Alif Institute is proud to collaborate with director Oualid Mouaness to bring his new newest film, 1982, to the Plaza Theater Plaza Atlanta! Stay after for a Q&A and meet the director!
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A Cinematic Wonder… 1982 keeps you on the edge of your seat, heart in your throat from beginning to end.” In his debut feature, Oualid Mouaness delivers an ode to innocence in which he revisits one of the most cataclysmic moments in Lebanon’s history through the lens of a child and his vibrant imagination. It demonstrates the complexities of love and war and the resilience of the human spirit. 1982 opens at The Plaza Theater on Friday, October 21 at 8 PM followed by Q&A with the director.
“1982” is a life-affirming coming-of-age tale set at an idyllic school in Lebanon’s mountains on the eve of a looming invasion. It unfolds over a single day and follows an 11-year-old boy’s relentless quest to profess his love to a girl in his class. As the invasion encroaches on Beirut, it upends the day, threatening the entire country and its cohesion. Within the microcosm of the school, the film draws a harrowing portrait of a society torn between its desire for love and peace and the ideological schisms unraveling its seams.
“1982” won the Cannes Film Festival’s youth sidebar’s PRIX CANNES ECRANS JUNIORS 2021 (Cannes Cinéphiles), the Toronto International Film Festival’s NETPAC AWARD, a FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at El-Gouna, and the UNICEF 2021 Prize among numerous others. The film was Lebanon’s official submission to the 92nd Academy Awards and holds the Murex D’Or, Lebanon’s Best Feature Film honor of the last two years.