Cairo International Film Festival

Lucien Bourjeily – Heaven Without People #CIFF40

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14 min. and 50 sec.

A family Easter lunch and trouble brewing underneath.

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PODCAST| Matt Micucci interviews Lucien Bourjeily, director of the film Heaven Without People.

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Director and actor Lucien Bourjeily presented his film, Heaven Without People at the 40th edition of the Cairo Film Festival in Egypt. Following the growing tensions of a seemingly harmless family Easter lunch in Lebanon, Heaven Without People gets beyond the surface of the traditional representation of family in cinema. The film was censored in Lebanon, but the director tells us that one of the great things about film is that a film, unlike a play, gets to travel. Besides this, he talks about the lengthy and accurate process of assembling the cast, his interest and passion for acting, the theme of family and more.

Heaven Without People: Josephine, the matriarch of a sprawling family, is delighted to gather everyone for Easter lunch for the first time in two years. While they all share a joyful meal, an incident ignites underlying tensions between the family members and leads them gradually into chaos.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Lucien Bourjeily
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Heaven Without People
  • Festival section
    Horizons of New Arab Cinema Competition
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