Lina, 19, arrives in Paris during the 90’s. She is alone and lost.
With nothing but fear and her natural instinct for self-preservation, she is looking for something she has never found in her home country of Lebanon: freedom. Although sometimes afraid, Lina is also intrepid, adventurous, confident, independent, and breathtakingly self-possessed. In this semi-autobiographical drama from France-based Lebanese director Danielle Arbid, newcomer Manal Issa gives a mesmerizing, intense and multifaceted performance for what’s ultimately a coming-of-age story, while French acting veteran Dominique Blanc is wonderful in his supporting role as a professor who has a way with words.
“Lina’s story has a universal scope: it speaks to all foreign-born French people as well as to adolescents trying to find their place in the world they’re living in.”
We are pleased to welcome actress Manal Issa, star of Parisienne, on International Women’s Day.
Originally from Lebanon, Manal Issa never planned on becoming an actress – she actually wanted to be an engineer.
Her role in Parisienne, directed by Lebanese director Danielle Arbid, has established her as a rising star in France.
The film also received a wide acclaim in the film festival circuit.
As well as giving a stunning performance, Manal’s character in the film, Lina, celebrates women in so many different ways. She is defiant, strong, and above all inspiring.
It is a great pleasure to welcome Manal Issa to celebrate with us in Cork International Women’s Day, 8th March.