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‘Coming full circle’: FSU movie faculty alumnus to display screen award-winning ‘1982’ at Ruby Diamond

A heralded Florida State College movie faculty alumnus will return to campus to current his newest celebrated movie.

Oualid Mouaness is the award-winning director, author and producer of “1982,” a life-affirming coming-of-age story that has been acknowledged at a number of international movie festivals, together with Cannes.

Oualid Mouaness, award-winning director, author and producer of “1982.”

The movie encapsulates love and tragedy set towards the 1982 Lebanon Warfare, and it’ll premiere at 7:30 pm Sept. 29 at Ruby Diamond Live performance Corridor.

“It’s such a reward to have the ability to return to Florida State and share this movie with college students and the Tallahassee neighborhood,” Mouaness mentioned. “It is like bringing the movie the place my story within the US began — Tallahassee looks like house.”

Born in Liberia and raised in Beruit and Monrovia, Mouaness got here to the US as a scholar to additional his training, finally incomes his MFA in movie manufacturing at Florida State’s Faculty of Movement Image Arts (CMPA).

“We’re honored that Oualid has introduced this very private movie again to share with Tallahassee and the movie faculty,” mentioned Reb Braddock, dean of the Faculty of Movement Image Arts. “It by no means ceases to amaze me how beneficiant our alumni are with their time. Oualid is a busy director and producer, however he has nonetheless taken outing of his schedule to return discuss to college students and share his hard-won expertise with him. ”

Following the screening, Braddock will average a Q&A with Mouaness. Tickets to the screening are $20 for the general public and $10 for FSU college students.

Mouaness splits his time between Los Angeles and Beirut. His work by him consists of narrative and documentary options, music movies, music movies and commercials. Musicians equivalent to David Bowie, Rihanna and Taylor Swift are among the many many artists that he has labored with as a producer.

His first characteristic movie as a director, “1982” was motivated by Mouaness’ childhood reminiscences of the Lebanon Warfare in 1982 when the Israel Protection Forces invaded southern Lebanon.

“It’s such a reward to have the ability to return to Florida State and share this movie with college students and the Tallahassee neighborhood. It is like bringing the movie the place my story within the US began — Tallahassee looks like house.”

— Oualid Mouaness

The film emerges in an idyllic faculty in Lebanon’s mountains on the eve of a looming invasion. Throughout the microcosm of the college, the movie attracts a harrowing portrait of a nation muddled by its need for love and peace and the ideological schisms unraveling its seams.

Like his different movies, “1982” interweaves Mouaness’ need to instill hope.

“The movies I undertake attain for social consciousness and religion in humanity — movie is a medium that modifications hearts and minds,” he mentioned.

His go to to FSU permits Mouaness to replicate on the ability of the FSU movie faculty and on the place his movie profession started.

“To current ‘1982’ to Florida State, not simply within the classroom, however on the massive display screen for individuals to essentially expertise the breadth of it, is coming full circle,” Mouaness mentioned. “It reaffirms why I obtained my masters in cinema on the FSU movie faculty, and I am hoping that it’ll encourage the youthful era to comprehend that, in a world the place streaming is taking up, cinema is its personal factor.”

Director Oualid Mouaness on the set of
Director Oualid Mouaness on the set of “1982.”

The Opening Nights at FSU screening is in collaboration with the Faculty of Movement Image Arts.

“We’re thrilled to characteristic this stunning movie as a part of our annual performing arts sequence,” mentioned Jennifer Wright-Allen, director of Opening Nights at FSU. “Not solely does it promote movie as an artwork kind, nevertheless it additionally demonstrates the expertise and success of an FSU alumnus. It is a pure match for our sequence, and we all know our patrons are going to like the movie.”

“1982” premiered on the 2019 Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition, the place it obtained the Community for the Promotion of Asian Cinema award. On the El-Gouna Movie Competition in Egypt, it gained the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique Worldwide Critics Prize. And it gained the Cannes Écrans Juniors Award on the Cannes Movie Competition, the world’s most prestigious celebration of cinema.

For tickets and extra info, go to openingnights.fsu.edu and movie.fsu.edu or name the Opening Nights Ticket Workplace at 850-644-7670.

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