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Mother Valley, أرض الوهم  won:

  • The Audience Award in Cinemed, Mediterranean Film Festival Montpellier, 2022
  • The Best Arab Film Award in Cairo International Film Festival, 2022

The film will be released in France next spring, 2023.

“Carlos Chahine gives a commanding performance as the desolate Abu Firas, a man driven mad by two casualties of war: his son and the truth.”  Financial Times, Sarah Hemming

“Carlos Chahine’s tragically dignified schoolteacher, whose insistence on his right to view the human remains in his son’s ceremonial coffin can have no happy outcome.”  The Observer, Claire Armistead

“There are good performances from Carlos Chahine as the questioning teacher.”  The

“The service is interrupted by a grief-stricken teacher (Carlos Chahine, a tragic figure) whose son has been killed.”  Mature times

“Carlos Chahine as Abu Firas delivers a powerful performance throughout, a man broken by the loss of his son.”  Sardines magazine

“In the centre of the somewhat ramshackle story is Abu Firas played with real heart by Carlos Chahine.”  British


Born in Lebanon, Carlos Chahine left for France in 1975 because of the war. After obtaining a dental surgery diploma, Carlos enlisted in the ENSAD, (acting session), of the TNS, the National Theater of Strasbourg.

He has worked under the direction of prestigious directors such as Matthias Langhoff, Sylviu Purcarete, Alain Françon, Michel Vinaver, René Loyon, Philippe Adrien, Stuart Seide, Philippe Van Kessel, and many others. He came back to Lebanon after an encounter with the director Ghassan Salhab, acting in three of his movies.

In 2008 he wrote, directed and acted in The North Road, his first short film that won several international awards. Since then Carlos often returns to his homeland where he directed several plays in Beirut in new Arabic/Lebanese translations, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies and Illusions by Ivan Viripaev. He also shot a documentary/essay, Chekhov in Beirut, and a short film, The Gambler’s Son. His three films are a familial intimate trilogy about the father, the mother and the son. Mother Valley, his first feature, will be released in 2023.

Goats (London)

ACTOR (Theatre)

(Main shows France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, England, Lebanon)

Hamish Pirie Goats, Liwaa Yazji
Carlos Chahine The Cherry Orchard, Chekhov
Philippe Awat La Tempête, Shakespeare
Walid Raad Scratching on Things I Could Disavow, Walid Raad
Anouch Paré Le Suicidé, Nicolai Erdman
Michel Vinaver À La Renverse, Michel Vinaver
Iphigénie Hôtel, Michel Vinaver
Christian Rist Phèdre, Racine
Matthias Langhoff L’inspecteur Général, Gogol
Denis Lanoy Le Misanthrope, Molière
Sylviu Purcarete Les Trois Soeurs, Tchékhov
Alain Françon La Dame de Chez Maxim, Feydeau
La Remise, Planchon
Jean Louis Jacopin Le Procès de Charlotte Corday, Authier
La Misère du Monde, Bourdieu
René Loyon Chronique des Jours Souverains, Manceron/Segalen
Cent Millions Qui Tombent, Feydeau
Viviane Théophilidès Joe Bousquet, Rue de Verdun, Théophilidès
Aristide Demonico Le Golem, Théâtre Yiddish
Stuart Seide The Changelling, Middleton et Rowley
Philippe Van Kessel À La Conquête du Pôle Sud, Karge
Jean Marie Villégier Le Fidelle, Larivey
Charlie Brozzoni Don Quichotte, Cervantés
Collectif de Parme OEdipe à Colone, Sophocle
 The Cherry Orchard (Beirut)

ACTOR (Cinema)

Brandt Andersen The stranger’s Case
Ziad Doueiri The Insult
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Ghassan Salhab The Valley
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  The Last Man
(Best actor Singapore Int. Film Fest.)
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  Terra Incognita
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Olivier Assayas Carlos
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Raoul Ruiz Le Vertige de La Feuille Blanche
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Marjane Satrapi Persepolis

DIRECTOR (Theatre)

Illusions / Viripaev

2018 – Monot theatre Beirut
Best Play at the Lebanese theatre festival


Dinner With Friends / Donald Margulies

2017 – Monot Theater Beirut


The Cherry Orchard / Tchekhov

2015 – Madina Theater Beirut


God Of Carnage / Yasmina Reza

2014 – Monot Theater Beirut

The Cherry Orchard


Mother Valley
(Feature Film)
With Maryline Naaman, Antoine Harb-Merheb, Nathalie Baye, Pierre Rochefort.

The Gambler’s Son
(Short Film)

Chekhov in Beirut
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The North Road
(Short Film)
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for Mother Valley

Best Arab Film Award, in Cairo International Film Festival, 2022

Audience Award in Cinemed, Mediterranean Film Festival Montpellier, 2022

for Illusions

Best Play, Lebanese Theatre Festival 2018

for The North Road

Best Film, Dubai Film Festival. 2008

Best Film, Tribeca Film Festival, New York. 2009

Best Film, Open Film Festival, St Petersbourg. 2009

Best Film, International Arab film Festival, AMAL, Spain. 2009

Best Film, Saint Paul Les Trois Châteaux. 2009

Cinécinécourt Award, Montpellier Film Festival. 2008

Spécial mention for young audience award, Dignes Les Bains. 2009

Nominated for Jean Vigo award, nominated for Prix de la Critique, selected Lutins 2010.

for The Last Man

Best Actor, Singapore International Film Festival, 2006


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