I AM HERE BUT YOU CAN’T SEE ME
Feature / Development Funding
Lebanon, Sweden, Spain \ Arabic \ 90 minutes
Director: Feyrouz Serhal
Production company: Roummana
Producers: Nermine Haddad, Felipe Lage Coro
Swedish Co-producer: David Herdies
Production company: Momento Films
Viola and Farah live in the fictitious city of Beirut. Viola is a singer and a member of an underground movement that assassinates corrupt politicians. Farah is a son of a politician, he spends his days roaming the city in his car like a ghost with no destination. As he drives one day, Farah witnesses a sudden bold action; Viola defies the authorities then calmly jogs away. From that moment on Viola constantly haunts Farah’s field of vision but unintentionally eludes him like a mirage. He becomes aware of her as she becomes ubiquitous to him.
After having worked extensively as a director and a creative producer at some of the most prominent Arab TV channels in the Middle East, Feyrouz Serhal acquired her Master’s degree in Film and Screen Studies at Goldsmiths College University of London in 2009. Feyrouz has written and directed several independent short video works, her last short narrative film “TSHWEESH” premiered at the prestigious Locarno Film Festival in 2017. Serhal is now in the late stage development of “I AM HERE BUT YOU CAN’T SEE ME”, her first feature narrative film as a writer/ director, the feature film started its journey in Cannes Film Festival in 2018 where it was selected to take part of Cinephilia Bound.
Nermine Haddad graduated with a BA in “Performing Arts” from IESAV – Saint Joseph University. She wrote and directed the documentary, “BRIDE OF THE SOUTH”, and the short film “LIBANETTE”. In 2010, she joined the team of the Doha Film Institute and worked on the different editions of their annual festival. She is also a member of Beirut DC an organization that aims to provide help and support to Arab independent film-makers and organizes Beirut Cinema Days. Nermine is currently the producer of “I AM HERE BUT YOU CAN’T SEE ME” and “HOW MY GRANDMOTHER BECAME A CHAIR”.
David Herdies’ films have been screened and awarded at festivals all over the world. Among his prior films; the short film “MADRE” by Simón Mesa Soto (Official Short Film Competition, Cannes 2016), “HAMADA” by Eloy Domínguez Serén (IDFA First Appearance 2018), “FRAGILTITY” by Ahang Bashi (Gothenburg Best Feature, Guldbagge for Best Newcomer, 2017) and “WINTER BUOY” by Frida Kempff (Best Documentary NIFF, 2015). Herdies has several feature films in development. He has participated in international producers’ workshops such as EAVE, ACE and Eurodoc and was selected as Producer on the Move in Cannes 2018.