Waves '98

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Waves '98
Directed byEly Dagher
Produced byEly Dagher
Written byEly Dagher
Music byMatthew Wilcock
Animation byEly Dagher
Laure Escafadals
Chadi Aoun
Release date
  • May 2015 (2015-05)
Running time
15 minutes

Waves '98 is a 2015 short film written and directed by Lebanese artist and filmmaker Ely Dagher. It was awarded the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


Waves '98 tells the story of Omar, a high-school kid living in the northern suburb of Beirut in the late 1990s.[2] Disillusioned with his life in the suburbs of segregated Beirut, Omar's discovery lures him into the depths of the city. Immersed into a world that is so close yet so isolated from his reality that he eventually finds himself struggling to keep his attachments, his sense of home. [3] The film is a meditiation on Dagher's relationship to Beirut, his hometown, since he has left it for Brussels.[4]



Waves '98 is the first Lebanese film in the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival since Maroun Baghdadi won the Jury Prize for Hors La Vie in 1991.[5] The film was shortlisted as one of 8 from a list of 4550 short film submissions. The film was awarded the Short Film Palme d'Or by Abderrahmane Sissako in a ceremony on May 24, 2015.[6]


  1. ^ Festival De Cannes | AWARDS - Short Film Palme d’or | http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/article/62012.html
  2. ^ Waves '98 | IMDB Plot Summary | https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4516050/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl
  3. ^ The Arab Fund of Arts And Culture | Grantee News | http://www.arabculturefund.org/bulletin/article.php?genre=2&id=621#.VUXrA62qqko
  4. ^ FIRST LOOK: Trailer for Ely Dagher’s Palme D’Or Nominated Lebanese Short Film Waves ’98 | 35mm From Beirut | http://35mmfrombeirut.com/relevant/waves98-trailer-ely-dagher-cannes-film-fesitval-palme-dor/
  5. ^ Waves ’98: The Lebanese Short Film Nominated For A Palme D’Or At Cannes 2015 | http://stateofmind13.com/2015/04/28/waves-98-the-lebanese-short-film-nominated-for-a-palme-dor-at-cannes-2015/
  6. ^ Waves ‘98: A Lebanese Short Movie Running For The “Palme d’Or” At Cannes Festival | BlogBaladi | http://blogbaladi.com/waves-98-a-lebanese-short-movie-running-for-the-palme-dor-at-cannes-festival/

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