Directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, regional premiere
“At once humorous, melancholy, sardonic and wistful. … Using an appealing slice-of-life observational approach, the directors have crafted a warmhearted though not rose-tinted indie tale.” —Variety
In the small, tightly knit city of Tripoli, Lebanon, where family bonds run deep, a 40-year-old man still lives with his mother—until the day she suddenly decamps to Beirut. Keeping his mother’s absence a secret, the aimless man struggles to make sense of his newfound independence, seeking out the company of strangers including a 6-year-old neighbor boy, a prostitute, and a hastily employed Ethiopian maid. An unconventional coming-of-age story about an adult, the film’s use of nonprofessional actors helps make it endearing and surprising, even as it offers an adroit social critique of contemporary manhood in Lebanon. After being awarded the Best New Narrative Film from the Arab World at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Film Festival, OK, Enough, Goodbye screened at multiple international festivals as well as the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 2010, video, 93 minutes.
Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia have written and directed many short films together. From the Parapet was a regional finalist at the 32nd Annual Student Academy Awards in 2005, and Almost Brooklyn, a film made under the supervision of acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, won Best Short Fiction from the Brooklyn Art Council in 08. Ok, Enough, Goodbye is their first feature, and they are currently working on their follow-up film.
Copresented with Mizna’s Twin Cities Arab Film Festival for its opening-night screening.