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Film Kteer Kbeer (Very Big Shot) avant-première

November 16, 2015

The first screening was reserved for the press and was attended by more than seventy representatives
from written, audio and audiovisual media outlets.
A press conference followed the screening where Marcel Ghanem, Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya (writer and
director), Rasha Salti (programmer at Toronto International Film Festival), Christian Bou Chaaya
(representing “Kabreet Productions”), Lucien Bou Chaaya (representing " SuppAr - the Arab Art Support
Group" which was the main funder of the film) and actors Alain Saadeh (co-writer) and Fouad Yammine
answered press questions and discussed the film with the press. Michel Elefteriades, who composed and
produced the music of the film, also joined the conference
Dalia Dagher opened the conference with a question to Rasha Salti about the reasons for inviting "Film
Kteer Kbeer" to Toronto International Film Festival. Rasha replied: “I had attended the screening of a
work-in-progress version of the film at Cannes Film Festival and was surprised by what I saw. A
production of international standard, a very well plotted script, outstanding acting and actor direction.
After the screening I had to invite the film to Toronto International Film Festival as part of the Discovery
section."
The second question was addressed to Marcel Ghanem who thanked Grand Cinemas and the Ramia's
for hosting the avant-première and for their contribution in supporting Lebanese talents.
Discussions with the press was mostly focused on the movie and its message, direction and storytelling
aspects, the importance of cooperation between the director and actors, as well as financing difficulties
encountered for producing a film in Lebanon. The role of media in politics and its impact on daily life had
its big share of discussions.
Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya stressed on the importance of interaction between technical, production and
artistic components of a film in order to achieve the best outcome and focused on the cinematic
dimension of the script, thanking the film crew for their work that contributed in the making Film Kteer
Kbeer a success.
Marcel Ghanem ended the press conference by addressing the press. He emphasized on the role and
responsibility of the press in acknowledging and reflecting reality in order to help improving it.
The press conference was followed by a red carpet event where politicians, artists and journalists from
various backgrounds gathered for a toast before heading to the first public screening in all halls of ABC
Dbayeh.
Film Kteer Kbeer (Very Big Shot) was released in all cinemas across Lebanon on 19 November 2015.