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.