The Valley (2014)
aka La vallée First screened in September 2014
Director: Ghassan Salhab. Cast: Carlos Chahine, Mounzer Baalbaki, Yumna Marwan, Carol Abboud, Fadi Abi Samra, Aouni Kawas, Ahmad Ghossein, Rodrigue Sleiman. Screenplay: Ghassan Salhab. Twitter Capsule:
Tough, slow sit, but it uses duration, visual tension to evoke dread as normative state in Lebanon. Expert sound design.
Salhab's techniques are very bold in the moment, even if they are not entirely new. His refusal to match image simply with sound invigorates. So does stylized response to chronic regional danger.