BIOGRAPHY

Eli Jean Tahchi (October 20, 1990), is a lebanese director, screenwriter,experimental filmmaker, editor, and actor born and raised in Lebanon. Eli Jean studied Cinema in the Academie libanaise des beaux arts (ALBA) and earned a bachelor degree in film production. He moved to Montreal Canada in 2011 to attend the University of Montreal where he earned an excellent master’s degree and was placed on the dean’s honor list for his movie SHE IS LARS and his thesis the sacrificial female space in the films of Lars von Trier.

The function of film nowadays, Eli Jean believed, was to create an experience; lending to new conclusions in cinema. He combined his interests in dance, history of art, identity and psychology in a series of perceptual short films using human body as a metaphore for topics related to politics, society, theology and art. he works on fictions, experimentals and documentaries.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

La Cassette Migrante- The Migrant Mixtape

Arab LGBT individuals send Helem Montreal the Migrant Mixtape, a series of recorded letters. They are asking for support to seek asylum in Canada in order to escape persecution and homophobic violence in their country of origin. One of them, Adib Mardini, having managed to become a refugee in Canada, tells us about the process that changed his life.

 

Réalisation : Eli Jean Tahchi
Scénario/Script : Eli Jean Tahchi
Interprétation/Cast : Adib Mardini, Rémy Nassar, Ray Shami
Direction photo/DoP : Eli Jean Tahchi, Saad Abas
Conception sonore/Sound : Pascal Plante
Montage/Editing : Eli Jean Tahchi, Karim B Haroun
Musique originale/Original score : Luis Oliva
Producteur : Karim B. Haroun
Produit par Helem Montréal
Avec le soutien de Lush Cosmetics 

 

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Au gré du vent – By the wind

 

Margot, 60 years old., lives in a remote country house and takes care of her autistic son, Marc-André.
The sudden disappearance of the dog disrupts their quiet life on the frozen lake in Northern Quebec.

 

Director : Eli Jean Tahchi
Script : Eli Jean Tahchi
Cast : Margot Bussière, Marc-André Casavant
DoP : Simran Dewan
Sound : Julia Innes
Editing : Eli Jean Tahchi

Art direction : Christine Rezk
Original score : Martin Ferguson
Production : Marina Khoury
Distribution : La Distributrice des Films / Contact Serge Abi Aad 
 

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THE MIGRANT WOMAN – المرأة المهاجرة

After an audition call for the role of a veiled woman in a film, 11 candidates were interviewed about the subject. The filmed interviews were turned into a documentary.

 

  THE TEAM

The women :
Margot Bussière – Johanne Ductan-Petit – Lynda Thalie – Christelle Franca Rossi – Elizabeth Tremblay
Sinem Kara – Zineb Larhrissi – Rand Yashoui – Penande Estime –  Marianne Dargis – Audrey Lavigne 

 

Concept & Writing : Christelle Franca Rossi- Eli Jean Tahchi
Director : Eli Jean Tahchi
Cinematographer & DOP: Wiss Salem
Sound Engineer: Joe El Hajj & Julia Innes

 

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AWARDS & FESTIVALS

Montreal World Film Festival (Official Selection – 2015) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
NDU International Film Festival (Official Selection – 2015) – Beirut, Lebanon
Silver Award – Spotlight Documentary Film Awards 2015 – USA
Ethnografilm Film Festival (Official Selection – 2016) – Paris, France
Festival du Film Oriental de Genève (Official Selection – 2016) – Genève, Suisse
Lebanese Film Festival (Official Selection – 2016) – Beirut, Lebanon
Special Mention Award – Lebanese Film Festival (2016) – Beirut, Lebanon
TrueDoc Documentary Film Festival (Official Selection – 2016)
AlephB – Public Library, Art Laboratory and Craft Studio (2016) – Beirut, Lebanon
Malmo Arab Film Festival (Short film corner – 2016) – Malmo, Swedem
Human Rights Film Festival, Barcelona, Paris, NYC – (Official Selection – 2016) – Paris, France
World Film Festival Tartu (Official Selection – 2017) – Tartu, Estonia

WORK

The Migrant woman

Gabriel Drolet-Maguire

Film

Breeze

Fashion Portraits

Red Skin

Midnight Mystic

X-SWEAT

Editorial

Women & Montreal – النساء ومونتريال

Women & Beirut – النساء وبيروت

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