Danielle Arbid

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Born in Lebanon in 1970, Danielle Arbid has been directing films since 1997.

Selected for numerous festivals in France and the rest of the world (Cannes, New York, San Francisco, Locarno, Pusan, Tokyo, etc.), Danielle Arbid's first two features, Dans les champs de bataille and Un homme perdu, were screened at the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Festival in 2004 and in 2007, as well as in around thirty other festivals, picking up numerous awards, including the Directors' Fortnight Prize and the Milan Grand Prize.

Her documentaries and other filmed essays have been given an excellent reception and won dozens of awards including the Gold Leopard for Conversations de salon at the Locarno Festival and the Silver Leopard for video for Seule avec la guerre in 2001 and 2004 respectively, as well as the Prix Albert Londres and the Villa Médicis hors les murs Award for Aux Frontières.

Her third fiction feature, Peur de rien (Parisienne), had its theatrical release in France on February 10, 2016. It won the Académie Lumière foreign press prize as well as other awards including the Best Actress prize at Les Arcs. The film had rave reviews from the French press. Peur de rien had its world première at the Toronto Film Festival.

Four retrospectives have been held around Danielle Arbid's films at the Bastia Festival in 2007, Paris cinéma in 2007, the Gijon Festival in 2007 and the La Rochelle Festival in 2008.

Arbid left Lebanon at the height of the civil war in 1987, at the age of 17,[1] to study literature at a faculty of letters in Paris, France. She also studied journalism while working as a freelance French Journalist for five years, including writing Libération dailies. In 1997 her interests in journalism lead to a career in filmmaking when she directed her first short Raddem and the documentary Seule ave la guerre (1999).Ames, Roy (2010). Arab Filmmakers of the Middle East: A Dictionary.  Having never studied film in school, Arbid says her inspiration comes from "art, photography, people in the street and of course film".[2] Her first three Conversation de Salon I-III where featured at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria [3] and received the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. Interested in different narrative forms, her work alternates between; fiction, first person documentaries and video essays; with an experimentation of the intersecting of genres. She was one of the founding members of the Lebanese film festival Né à Beyrouth in 2001.[4] Selected by a number of festivals in France and around the world, her films such as "Alone with War" or "On Borders" and the "Living Room Conversations" series have received both critical and public acclaim as well as several awards including the Golden Leopard and Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival[5] as well as the Albert Londres prize (the French Pulitzer) and a grant from the Villa Medicis. Her two feature films In the Battlefields and A Lost Man have successively been selected for the Quinzaine des réalisateurs at the Cannes film festival and many others. In the Battlefields won the Quinzaine Prize among other prizes... Her work has been the focus of several retrospective screenings, notably the Bastia festival in 2006, Paris Cinéma in 2007, and the 2007 Gijon festival, and at the La Rochelle festival in 2008. Danielle Arbid directed "Beirut Hotel", TV-movie for ARTE aired during prime time. One of the channel’s most popular fiction broadcasts in 2012.

Danielle Arbid has finished the post production of her third feature film "Peur de Rien" English title Parisienne / 2015 produced by Les Films Pelléas. The films was premiered at the Toronto film festival.

She’s currently working on her fourth feature, Passion Simple an adaptation of the major French writer Annie Ernaux’s best seller book.


  • 1998 : Raddem (Short, fiction,17')
  • 1999 : Le passeur (Short, fiction, 13')
  • 2000 : Seule avec la guerre [60'] (documentary)
  • 2002 : Étrangère (Fiction, 46')
  • 2002 : Aux frontières [60'](Documentary)
  • 2004 : In the battlefields (Feature)
  • 2004 : Nous / Nihna [2004, 13']
  • 2004 : Conversation de Salon 1, 2 et 3 [3x10']
  • 2007 : A lost man (Feature)
  • 2008 : This smell of sex [21']
  • 2009 : Conversation de salon 4, 5 et 6 [3x10']
  • 2011 : Beirut Hotel [99'] ( TV Feature)
  • 2015 : Parisienne ( Peur de rien)) (Premiere in TIFF)


* Golden Leopard - Video 2004 at Locarno International Film Festival/ Conversation de salon 1-2-3.
  • Cannes 2004, la Quinzaine des Réalisateurs / Prix Europa / Dans les champs de bataille (In the Battlefields)
  • Grant Villa Médicis Hors-les-murs 2002/ Aux frontières
  • Silver Leopard - Video 2000 at Locarno International Film Festival/ Seule avec la guerre.
  • Albert Londres Prize (French Pulitzer) audiovisual 2001.
  • Prix de l'Académie Lumière, de la presse étrangère en France pour Peur de rien / Parisienne
  • Best actor award at Mons Festival 1999.
  • European Youth Jury Award 2000 at Angers European First Film Festival/ Le Passeur.
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury 2000 at Leipzig DOK Festival/ Seule avec la guerre.
  • Best First Film Prize at Hot Docs Toronto
  • Mediterranean Documentary Prize 2001 Calibre
  • Jury Honourable Mention at Dei Popoli Festival, Florence.
  • Grand Prix at the Vendôme Festival, 2002/ Étrangère
  • Honourable Mention at Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2003/ Conversation de salon 1.
  • Grand Prix at the Milan Festival 2004.
  • Reflet d'Or of the Perspectives section at the Festival Cinéma-tout-écran, Geneva.
  • Bayard d'Or of the best script at Namur Festival, Belgium.
  • Lady Harimaguada de Plata Prize and José Rivero Prize of the best first film at the Festival Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Spain.
  • Special Prize of the jury at Carthage Festival.
  • GTC laboratories Prize at Montpellier Festival 2004.
  • IMA Grand Prize 2004 at Paris Biennal of Arab Cinema/ Dans les champs de bataille
  • 16th NATfilm Festival Copenhagen, Denmark, 2005: Mention spéciale du Jury
  • Best Script Grant at Montpellier Festival.
  • First work Prize at Tetouan Festival.
  • Bos'art - Festival del cinema delle culture mediterranee, 2005: Mention spéciale du Jury
  • New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize at Palm Springs International Film Festival 2005.
  • Prix du Jeune jury au festival de Bastia 2015 pour Peur de rien / Parisienne
  • Prix d'interprétation féminine au Festival des Arcs pour Peur de rien / Parisienne

See also[edit]


List of female film and television directors


  1. ^ iniva | Danielle Arbid Profile | http://www.iniva.org/library/archive/people/a/arbid_danielle
  2. ^ "Interview with Danielle Arbid". 
  3. ^ "gangart". 
  4. ^ Westmoreland, Mark Ryan (2008). Crisis of Representation: Experimental Documentary in Postwar Lebanon. Austin: University of Texas. pp. 164–165. 
  5. ^ UniFrance Films | Danielle Arbid | http://www.unifrance.org/annuaires/personne/307533/danielle-arbid











  • Armes, Roy. "Danielle Arbid." Arab Filmmakers of the Middle East: A Dictionary. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 2010. 68-69.
  • Hillauer, Rebecca. Encyclopedia of Arab Women Filmmakers. Cairo: American University in Cairo, 2005. 142-143.
  • Westmoreland, Mark Ryan. Crisis of Representation: Experimental Documentary in Postwar Lebanon. University of Texas, 2008 164-165

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