After a Successful Commercial Release in UAE
Director Jihane Chouaib's Film Go Home Commercially Releases in Lebanon
After its successful theatrical run in the UAE, the drama film Go Home by Lebanese director Jihane Chouaib will be released in its homeland, Lebanon. Starring Iranian star Golshifteh Farahani, Go Home is set to be released at Metropolis cinema on the 22nd of June.
The film revolves around Nada, who is returning to her abandoned family home in Lebanon that was destroyed and dilapidated by the war, turning its garden into a dump. She decides to resettle in this place amidst her childhood memories, setting a mission for herself: finding the body of her grandfather who had disappeared during the Civil War. Her journey leads her to discover myths and secrets while searching for her own identity.
Directed by Jihane Chouaib, Go Home stars the award-winning Iranian star Golshifteh Farahani, who began her career at the age of 14 and won five awards at five different film festivals. Farahani also starred alongside Leonardo Dicaprio in Body of Lies, becoming the first Iranian actress to take part in a Hollywood production since 1979.
Through its tour in world festivals, the film received wide critical acclaim as Screen Daily's Wendy Ide praised the film's female lead, "A powerhouse performance from Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani drives an impressive feature debut by Jihane Chouaib". Variety Magazine's Peter Debruge commented on the film saying that it elicited respect as it travels festivals and art house venues far from home.
On Al-Araby Al-Jadeed website, critic Nadeem Jarjoura singled out an article saying, "Farahani steels the spotlight with her beauty and presence on-camera."
Critic Mohamed Ruda of Assabah Aljadeed news portal also applauded the director's debut feature, "Jihane Chouaib skillfully moves on from short films to features. She puts her lead character on center stage and makes everyone including the audience revolve around her."
Last January, Go Home has been commercially released in the UAE and after its successful run, the drama film has a re-run in the same country through Roxy Cinema, Dubai. The film is planned to be released in other Arab countries soon.
Supported by Enjaaz Programme, Go Home was nominated for the Best Feature Film Award within the Best Muhr Fiction Feature competition during the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in 2015. In the same year, the film was also nominated for the New Currents Award at the Busan International Film Festival. Go Home also concluded the events of the 12th Lebanese Film Festival. The film took part in the Silk Road Film Festival in Dublin, Ireland.