The Sea Ahead

| 116 min
| English German

Jana, a young woman, suddenly returns to Beirut after a long absence. She finds herself back in the familiar yet strange life she once left behind. The formidable pressure of fitting into the family dynamic anew while revealing details of her life abroad weighs heavily on her. Cornered, old fears and anxieties resurface and are underscored by the desolation of the city. In Ely Dagher's gracefully melancholic debut, Jana's apathy and depression function as a metaphor for the crisis-ridden Beirut to which she returns. "In this first riveting feature, Ely Dagher intertwines the future of a crisis-ridden Beirut with the existential wanderings of young Jana." (Libération)