Lebanese visual artists and filmmaking duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (“The Lebanese Rocket Society”) are set to shoot a new high-concept drama with the working title “The Notebooks,” centered around three women whose lives are bound by a box that resurfaces containing notebooks, photographs and audiotapes.Financing is in place and shooting is expected to start in October. The pic centers on a middle-aged woman named Maia in Montreal who one Christmas morning receives a parcel on her doorstep. It contains...
Schoucair’s Abbout Production develops and produces movies that travel globally, and theatrically distributes Arab and international arthouse titles. Abbout Productions, the company that Schoucair founded in 2003, comprises internationally-geared Shortcut Films, a co-producer of recent Berlin fest Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize winner “Felicité” by French-Senegalese director Alain Gomis and also of Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel’s upcoming ambitious epic “Zama.”
The company’s past prizewinners in various festivals include “A Perfect Day,” about a day in the life of a mother and her son who have been scarred by the Lebanese civil war; “The Lebanese Rocket Society,” about Lebanon’s aborted venture into the space race; and “Tramontane,” which delves into the psychic scars caused by country’s turbulence.
A lover of genre movies, Schoucair is a founder of Beirut’s Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, which is the first genre movie film fest in the Arab world, and has announced plans to shoot a TV series titled “Ghoul,” touted as the first zombie TV series out of the Arab world.
After setting up Abbout Productions, Schoucair founded MC Distribution, a distribution company which releases Arab and international films in the Middle-East, and is vice-president of Metropolis, an art house cinema organization in Beirut. He studied filmmaking at the Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle in Paris.