LONDON —Lebanese helmer Danielle Arbid has secured a Cannes berth in the Directors Fortnight with her sophomore feature “A Lost Man.”
Pic tells the story of Fouad Saleh, a man who disappeared from Beirut 17 years ago never to return. He crosses paths with Thomas Kore, a French photographer who travels the world for his research about extreme experiences.
British-Sudanese thesp Alexander Siddig plays Saleh, while French thesp Melvil Poupaud essays Koré.
Low budget pic, reputedly around the $1.5 million mark, is heavily influenced by the work of French photographer Antoine D’Agata, who also served as Arbid’s set consultant.
Pic will screen on the Croisette May 18. Arbid lensed project in Beirut, Jordan and France.
Although Lebanon shoot took place in January this year while country was still reeling from month-long war with Israel last summer and continued political turmoil in the country, Arbid was keen for her native country’s strife not to affect the film.
“This isn’t a political film at all. It’s a hybrid film. It’s about sexuality, it’s about two people who are lost and it’s about men and women,” says Arbid.
“You feel the tension while you’re in Beirut. It was as if you’re doing something that is separate from reality.”
French shingle MK2 put up all the coin and will be handling pic’s international sales as well as releasing it in France.