First film - Development 2015

In one night, the strong and secretive Salman wakes up frightened, he must escape the investigation that was taking place in his dream, as he realized that he knew more about the crime.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • First film, Drama
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    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Bassam CHEKHES
    • Writer(s)
    • Bassam CHEKHES
    • Producer(s)
    • Bassam CHEKHES (Bassam Chekhes Production), Behrooz HASHEMIAN (Silkroad), Yesim USTAOGLU (Ustaoglu film production)
    • Synopsis
    • The war in Syria is at its last stage, and the first reliable election stands on the ruins of the whole country. Nobody knows what deal has been made in order to maintain its unity and what laws will be applied.
      Salman (35) is a Syrian living in Lebanon, during the war he succeeded to run away from Syria and he settled in the outskirts of Beirut. He works as a seller, trading in anything that makes money, he drives his rusty pickup everyday, crossing different barriers and checkpoints, though his driving license is totally worn out and he had lost his ID few years ago.
      He gets a temporary job; to drive two tourists to different ancient sites, during that, his ID situation and driving license condition begin to make his movement stressful and troublesome, he needs to issue a new ID, and in order to do that, he has to go back to Syria to take the needed paper, but he can not do that, as he fears he will be arrested.
      So far, Salman has secured a special relationship with one Lebanese official, and that did provide him with legal comfort and extra income in exchange to his services as a secret informer, a job that he practiced well when he lived in Syria.
      In one night, the strong and secretive Salman wakes up frightened, he managed to escape the investigation that was taking place in his dream, as he realized that he knew more about the crime. The hidden body is from Salma, his missing sister, surprisingly she has a nine-years old son Wael, who knows Salman well and unexpectedly welcomes him back to the family.
      During his dream, his heartbeat goes dangerously up and to avoid high-risk of heart attack he begins to take medication pills, which apparently could regulate his heartbeats but consequently make him dreams vividly, which causes his heartbeats to increases again and so the need for a heavier medication, he tries to break this loop by stopping the medication but that is not possible any more, as the side effects are worsen.
      Salman is living alone, his mother Aida, the only alive member of the family, is living in Lebanon too, but Salman dose not know that, she lives in the mountain and very close to the Syrian border, when the war started she refused to flee with Salman and from that day they lost all the contact.
      Between his trips as a seller and the ones he dose temporarily as the tourist’s driver Salman is exhausted, but these journeys never threaten his life as the ones he does still, in his sleep, to reveal the circumstances of his sister’s disappearance.
      In these uncontrolled dreams, Wael meets another two children, Bilal and his sister Hayat, and the three of them form a good nucleus in order to survive the consequences of the war, as they must depart together from their childhood games to learn about friendship, betray and sacrifice in a much bitter playground, but they were strong enough to hold time and expand beyond the borders of the dream; to set the alarm clock for Selman’s destine meeting, after nine years, with his mother.
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