Ajyal Film Festival 2019

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Ajyal Competition

Soudade Kaadan / Short Narrative / Lebanon, Syria / 2019 / 13 min / Colour / DCP
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Dark Comedy
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.


Ayman (Abdel Mounaem Amayri), a Syrian refugee in Lebanon, teaches his wife (Caresse Bashar) to drive in his beloved Volkswagen Beetle named Aziza. This unconventional love triangle takes all three on a fantastical journey of nostalgia, where we are never quite sure what is real or imagined. Inside the claustrophobic confines of Aziza, we see a darkly comedic take on a couple struggling to rebuild a new life amidst the memories of the one they have lost.

About the Directors

Soudade Kaadan is a Syrian director, born in France. She studied theater criticism in the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Syria and filmmaking in Saint Joseph University (IESAV) Lebanon. Her first feature fiction film ‘The Day I Lost My Shadow’ was awarded The Lion of the Future award for best debut film at the Venice Film Festival 2018 and has been screened in several festivals such as TIFF, BFI, Busan and IFFR. Her recent short film ‘Aziza’ won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize 2019.


Soudade Kaadan
Soudade Kaadan, May Hayek
Soudade Kaadan
Elsy Hajjar
Production Company
KAF Production
Elia El Haddad
Caress Bashar, Abdel Moneim Amayri

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