April 08, Saturday

Very Big Shot (2015)

Directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya
Lebanon, Qatar | PG | Adventure, Drama | Arabic, English, French | 107 min
Program: Work in Progress
Venue: The Yard, Alserkal Avenue, The Yard & A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue
Time: Mar 10, 7:00pm, Apr 8, 7:00pm

Brothers Ziad and Joe run a small but lucrative drug-dealing business out of their takeout pizzeria in one of Beirut’s working-class districts. With their youngest brother Jad about to be released from prison — where he was serving a sentence for a crime that Ziad had committed — Ziad and Joe plan to go straight by using their coke-peddling profits to open a restaurant. But Ziad’s supplier, a powerful drug lord who is none too keen to see his dealers retire convinces the brothers to take on one last job: smuggling a million-dollar shipment of locally-manufactured amphetamine to Syria, where the drug is wildly popular with militia fighters. Smelling a trap, Ziad, Joe, and Jad hatch a plan to divert the shipment to Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, where they have a secure connection. By chance, they learn that cans of exposed film reels are spared the obligatory X-ray scanning at the Beirut airport, as the radiation can wipe the footage. Overnight, the three brothers become the producers of a film directed by Charbel, a talentless filmmaker and frequent customer whose tab at the pizzeria has vastly exceeded his means. As the shipping date approaches, the boys race to finalize the details of their very big plan while warding off the suspicions of their vengeful boss.