|Occupation||Actor, Writer, Director, Comedian, Musician, Playwright, Producer, Theater Professor|
Georges Khabbaz (born in Batroun, November 5, 1976) is a Lebanese actor, writer, director, comedian, musician, playwright, producer and Theater Professor. He is a television, theater and cinema actor, in his addition to being a director, producer and music composer. Georges has participated as the main actor in more than 25 television shows out of which he was the script writer and director of three sitcoms which were ranked as the most viewed. For the last 11 years, he has produced, directed and starred in 13 plays, each of which was attended by an audience of more than 100,000 spectators. He was the main actor in Under the Bombs and Silina and he was the writer and lead actor of a new Lebanese movie Ghadi released in 2013 and the writer and supervisor of the Lebanese movie Waynon released in 2014.
Georges Khabbaz was born into a family of artists. His father Georges Joubran Khabbaz has played in many plays such as Sahriyyi for Ziad Rahbani and he attended several roles in television programs such as Les Miserables, Youth 73, and in some episodes with the Abu Melhem. His mother Odette Atiyyeh was also represented in many plays, especially in the local festivals. Georges Khabbaz studied at Holy Spirit University of Kaslik and obtained a degree In Musical Comedy. He was four years old, when he stood for the first time on stage, in the school during the play "Life of St. Maron," but professionally, he began his theatre career in 1994.
In 2006, Georges Khabbaz starred with Nada Abou Farhat in the film Under the Bombs (or Sous Les Bombes) directed by Philippe Aractingi. The film, which used "real shots of the war and of the horrors it created among the civilian population", follows a Muslim woman as she tries to find her son in the immediate aftermath of the Lebanese war, accompanied by a Christian taxi driver Georges Khabbaz. London Evening Standard reviewer Derek Malcolm praised (Georges Khabbaz)'s performance as "excellent". However Time Out London reviewer Dave Calhoun described the film as "deeply flawed". The film was one of 16 out of 983 submissions to be selected for screening at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Khabbaz was awarded Best Actor in a Feature at the 8th Annual Rotterdam Film Festival for the role. Alain Spira wrote in Paris Match on May 5, 2008 that Georges Khabbaz the star in his country is "literally Al Pacinesque."
The 2008 film Silina, directed by Hatem Ali, saw Khabbaz together with Duraid Lahham and Miriam Fares in a film retelling of the operetta Hala and the King (originally by Mansour and Assi Rahbani). Khabbaz plays the King of Silina, who is tricked by his entourage and as a result proposes marriage to a poor woman, believing her to be a princess he is destined to marry.
In 2012 Khabbaz wrote and starred in the film Ghadi directed by Amin Dora and produced by The Talkies. In a small coastal town, Leba Georges Khabbaz a music instructor, marries his childhood sweetheart Lara. Medical tests show that his newborn has special needs. The towns-people are fast to reject little Ghadi. Leba and his friends must find a way to convince his neighbors to accept his young son. Their solution is genius, heartwarming and redemptive. The Hollywood Reporter said "The polished production and adamant view of a better human nature make GHADI hard to resist" Dora and Khabbaz have delivered a sly and absorbing comedy whose particular resonance for Arab viewers never undercuts its essential appeal to a potentially broad array of audiences. GHADI was selected to represent Lebanon in the foreign-language Oscar race 2015 (it was initially chosen last year but opened too late at home to qualify). Ghadi won the AUDIENCE AWARD at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg 2014, the KNN AUDIENCE AWARD at the International Busan Film Festival 2014, the AUDIENCE AWARD at the Arabian Sights Film Festival Washington 2014 , the BEST FICTION and BEST ACTOR at La Nuit Des Mabrouk 2014 and the BEST LEBANESE MOVIE and BEST CINEMA ACTOR at Murex d'or2013.
In 2013 Khabbaz wrote the film Waynon (Void) produced by the NDU Universityand he was the supervisor on seven directors from the college. A film that carries you away, while anchoring yourself in the reality of the country, the tragedy of the missing people from the Lebanese war. Waynon? where are they? the 17000 missing persons in the lebanese war. this is the question posed by the film, asked by mothers, sisters and daughters of the disappeared, a question that has an essentially feminine face. Waynon has participated in many festivals worldwide and received numeros international awards such as SPECIAL JURY AWARD at the Alexandria International Film Festival Egypt 2014, BEST FEATURE at Silk Road Film Festival 2014, OFFICIAL SELECTION at Dubai International Film Festival 2013 and BEST SCREENPLAY at Malmö Arab Film Festival 2014.
- 2005: Msibe Jdideh - مصيبة جديدة ( New Calamity )
- 2006: Kezzeb Kbir - كذاب كبير ( Big Liar )
- 2007: Hala2 Wa2ta - هلٌق وقتا ( Now Is Our Time )
- 2008: Chou El Adieh? - شو القضيٌة ( What's the Case ? )
- 2009: 3al Tari2 - عالطريق ( On the Way )
- 2010: Le Professeur - البروفيسور ( The Professor )
- 2011: Matloub - مطلوب ( Wanted )
- 2012: El Awwal Bel Saf - الأٌول بالصف ( The First in Class )
- 2013: Mech Mekhtelfin - مش مختلفين ( We're not Different )
- 2014: Natrino - ناطرينو ( Waiting For Him )
- 2014: Rafka - رفقا Musical( Rafka )
- 2014-2015: Wara El Beb - ورا الباب ( Behind The Door )
- 2015: Ma3 El Wa2t ... Yemkin - مع الوقت... يمكن( With Time... Maybe )
- 2016: Bel Kawalis - بالكواليس ( At The Backstage )
- 2017-2018: Ella Eza - ...إلّا إذا (Unless...)
- 2018-2019: Ella Eza... Tghayar Shi - إلا إذا... تغير شي (Unless... Something changed)
°Khabbaz has won the Murex d'Or award several times: in 2004 for best sitcom Abdo w Abdo , in 2006 for best theatrical play in (Kezzeb Kbir), in 2008 for best polyvalent artist., in 2011 for best actor in (To Yara)and in 2013 for best cinema actor in Ghadi.
°Best Play "Kezzeb Kbir" in Festival de Molière - Paris 2007.
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