Danielle Arbid (b. 1970)

This Smell Of Sex (2008)

Danielle Arbid (born in Lebanon) is a Lebanese and french film director. She has been directing films since 1997.

Selected for numerous festivals in France and the rest of the world (Cannes, New York, San Francisco, Locarno, Pusan, Tokyo, etc.), Danielle Arbid's first two features, Dans les champs de bataille and Un homme perdu, were screened at the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Festival in 2004 and in 2007, as well as in around thirty other festivals, picking up numerous awards, including the Directors' Fortnight Prize and the Milan Grand Prize. Her documentaries and other filmed essays have been given an excellent reception and won dozens of awards including the Gold Leopard for Conversations de salon at the Locarno Festival and the Silver Leopard for video for Seule avec la guerre in 2001 and 2004 respectively, as well as the Prix Albert Londres (the french Pulitzer) and the Villa Médicis hors les murs Award for Aux Frontières. Her third fiction feature, Peur de rien (int. title Parisienne) won the Académie Lumière foreign press prize as well as other awards including the Best Actress prize at Les Arcs in 2016… The film had rave reviews from the French press. Peur de rien had its world première at the Toronto Film Festival. Danielle Arbid directed also Beirut Hotel Tv-movie for Arte aired during prime time. One of the channel’s most popular fiction broadcasts in 2012. Simple Passion her fourth feature film an adaptation of the major french writer Annie Ernaux’s best seller book (Cast Laetitia Dosch / Sergeï Polunin) has just received the Cannes official Selection label in 2020. It was also selected in the San Sebastian Official competition, Toronto FF, Zurich FF, Busan, Les Arcs, Lisbonne & Cintra, festival Lumière, etc.

Five retrospectives have been held around Danielle Arbid's films at the Gijon Festival in 2007 Bastia Festival in 2007, Paris Cinéma in 2007, the La Rochelle Festival in 2008 and Festival Dei Popoli Florence 2016.