Experiencing Interruptions?


A satirical journey that takes us through the mind cells of Maria Sikias, a Lebanese woman who’s going through a casting session with a German casting director. With each emotion requested, her subconscious is revealed, where her acting skills & imagination take over; haunted by her reality and by the system that we live in as human beings.

  • Perla Joe Maalouli
  • Perla Joe Maalouli
  • Perla Joe Maalouli
  • Maria Sikias
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    7 minutes
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    December 20, 2015
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    8,000 USD
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    English, German
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Director Biography - Perla Joe Maalouli


I was born in a small country containing 18 sectors of religion, known to be invaded by the french colony where the true french roots and culture remain. I grew up surrounded by political and religious divisions. At the age of 14, I traveled to California for a while. There was a turning point, being exposed to a new country, a new culture, and a new vision perceiving life from a completely different point of view, I fell in love with what you can capture while discovering this earth. At that time I was given my first camera marking the beginning of a lifelong love for its shutter.

After completing technical school with an Interior Design Diploma, I decided not to let go of my love to the sound and image. So I switched to Filmography. My professional life began as a production coordinator, upgrading to a production manager then explored the casting at Clandestino Films, one of the finest production houses in the Middle East, as chief of department for almost two years.

I developed a passion for the big screen, repairing yet disturbing our perceptions through words, image and sound using multi-screen slideshows, manipulating and floating on humans mental abilities.

During my five years studying at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik - USEK in Lebanon, I was lucky enough to shoot my German short Zugzwang for my debut as a scriptwriter, director & filmmaker using my experience as a producer and a casting director as a plus. I graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in Film 2015. Zugzwang has been screened in more than 10 festivals around the world.

I'm committed to fulfilling the client's vision in a creative and compelling way that compliments the script and that lets the audience evolve and revolve around that feel, while being a strategic and efficient team player succeeding all projects, on and on budget.

Currently I'm based in Lebanon and travel often to various destinations shooting commercials, experimentals and shorts.
I bring a passionate, genuine love of quality filmmaking, a solid constitution and a drive for the unachievable excellence.

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Director Statement

We humans, are not capable of understanding life, full of options & possibilities. But Cinema managed to capture moments of our lives, making them magical, carved. Cinema can play mind games through each frame. It's the most beautiful fraud in the world as Godard once said. Cinema is dangerous, indeed, yet the most beautiful.