Feature Film

by Sara Fattahi

Writer & Director: Sara Fattahi
Script advisor: Rania Al Jaban
Casting: Eva Roth
Producers: Sabine Moser & Oliver Neumann
Production: FreibeuterFilm


Twenty years after the end of the war in Syria, Leila makes the surprising decision to leave behind her life in Vienna. She ends up in Beirut, hoping to return to her native Damascus. Between here and elsewhere, Leila’s sudden decision is greeted with concern by both victors and vanquished, family and friends, who see in her the danger that they might be plunged back into their silent memories.











Her first feature film, COMA (2015), was awarded the Regard Neuf Award for Best First Film at Visions du Réel 2015 and the FIPRESCI Award at the Viennale 2015. It screened at numerous festivals including MoMA’s Doc Fortnight 2016, Berlin Critics’ Week 2016, and São Paulo 2016.

Her latest film, CHAOS (2018), was awarded the Pardo d’oro of the Cineasti del Presente for Best Film in Locarno, the Extra-VALUE Film Award at the Viennale 2018, the Altered States Award at the Mar del Plata Festival 2018, and many other accolades. Additionally, it won the award for Best Feature Film at Diagonale 2019 and was screened at various international festivals such as IDFA 2018 and MoMA’s Doc Fortnight 2019.





FILMOGRAPHY (selection):
2015 – COMA – Syria, Lebanon

2018 – CHAOS – Austria, Lebanon, Qatar


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