Atlas Workshops in Marrakesh | Dec 3rd 2019

Thrilled to have participated in the Atlas Workshops, part of the 17th edition of the Marrakesh International Film Festival, where the process of composing music for films was put forward.

I presented 4 different extracts from films I worked on showing the different ways to approach film scoring, depending on each story. The workshops’ aim was to assist emerging regional directors who are currently preparing their first, second, or third feature-length narrative or documentary film, and encourage them to think ahead about the musical universe of their story.

The Last Man, feature film by Ghassan Salhab (2005)

Tramontane, feature film by Vatche Boulghourjian (2016)

Beirut Hold’em, feature film by Michel Kammoun (2019)

Village de Femmes, feature documentary by Tamara Stepanyan (2019)

On another note: the magical garden of Majorelle, an extension of the Yves Saint Laurent museum (right)


The Valley awarded Best Sound and Music

(From L to R) Cynthia Zaven, Rana Eid and Lama Sawaya

(From L to R) Cynthia Zaven, Rana Eid and Lama Sawaya

We got the award for Best Sound And Music at the Nuit Des Mabrouk! The award was handed by Christian Jeune, the Head of Cannes Film festival's film office (no less) and honored Lama Sawaya (sound designer), Rana Eid (sound supervisor) and my work on the sound and music in The Valley, the feature film directed by Ghassan Salhab.

Ghassan Salhab wins at Abu Dhabi Film Festival!

One of the joys of composing music comes from collaborations with visionary filmmakers on truly inspiring projects.               With "The Valley", Ghassan was awarded the "Best Director From The Arab World" prize at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival last night!

Ghassan is an incredible director with extensive knowledge in both classical and contemporary music. I feel honoured to have him as a dear friend, and to have had the opportunity to work with him for the second time!