'The Anger', starring French-Lebanese actress Manal Issa, previously premiered at the Carthage Film Festival (JCC).
Russian filmmaker Maria Ivanova Surae’s feature film The Anger received three awards during its international festival tour. MAD Solutions has secured distribution rights for the film in the Arab region and worldwide.
Set in post-war Lebanon, the film revolves around a young Lebanese girl lda, who escapes from her small village and alcoholic mother to a big city. There she starts dating a European man not knowing what is in store for her. The story is told through the prism of the culture and traditions of an Arab country. The film explores East vs. West dynamics through the relationship between the two people.
The film received two awards from Kazan International Muslim Film Festival that was held in Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation; The Best Director of Photography for Tommaso Fiorilli and Best Film from the Cinema Critics Association. It also received the Best International Feature Fiction award from the Lebanese Independent Film Festival. In addition, the music video of the film was chosen by Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival for participation.
The Anger joined San Diego Arab Film Festival in the USA, Yasmine Hammamet International Film Festival in Tunisia and Beirut International Women Film Festival in Lebanon. The film had its world premiere at JCC Carthage Film Festival.
Directed by Maria Ivanova Z., and co-written with Olga Artemyeva, the film stars Manal Issa, Aurélien Chaussade, Houssam Sabbah, and Julia Kassar.
Maria Ivanova Surae is a director, screenwriter and producer with more than 16 years of experience in the film industry. She graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University. She is the CEO of the Scoop Production film company. Her filmography includes over 100 award-winning documentaries that took part in prestigious international film festivals reaping awards. This includes The Las One, Sonuncu, Muhamed, Fleeing the War and Village.