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Cyril Aris

Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano (على حافة البركان)

Edition 2023
87' - 2023 - Documentary - Dialogue: Arabic, French, English
Director: Cyril Aris Composer: Anthony Sahyoun With: Mounia Akl, Myriam Sassine, Joe Saade
A documentary about a little-known film, what is the big deal? Well, that little-known film almost couldn't be shot because of the explosion that left part of Beirut in ruins. A docu about true perseverance.
Dancing on the edge of a volcano: it's a balancing act that rarely ends well. A disastrous outcome was also what you could expect from the film Costa Brava, Lebanon after 4 August 2020. On that day, a devastating explosion in the port of Beirut destroyed a part of the city. The film production offices and the homes of many crew members were also in ruins. Some were injured; the cameraman even lost an eye. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic was far from defeated, and the explosion led to severe fuel shortage and the depreciation of the Lebanese pound. But the film crew didn't give up, fought back, and, yes, Costa Brava, Lebanon was completed and premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2021. The documentary Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano tells the story of the courageous men and women who made it happen.
“Leave it to a film production company to make the best of a bad situation. At least cinematically, that is. Cyril Aris' documentary chronicles the travails of a production company trying to make a movie in Lebanon, beset by obstacles in the wake of the devastating 2020 Port of Beirut explosion.” - The Hollywood Reporter

Combi-ticket Costa Brava, Lebanon + Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano
On Thursday, 19/10, you can enjoy the 2 films Costa Brava, Lebanon and Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano advantageously.

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Cyril Aris


Anthony Sahyoun


Mounia Akl, Myriam Sassine, Joe Saade


Cyril Aris

Director of Photography

Joe Saade, Cyril Aris


Nadia Ben Rachid, Cyril Aris


Katharina Weser, Myriam Sassine

Production studios

Reynard Films, Abbout Productions

More information


Arabic, French, English

Countries of production

Lebanon, Germany




Cyril Aris
Beirut, I Love You (I Love You Not) (short, 2009), Cheers, to Those Who Stay (short, 2010), Anoesis (short, 2011), The Metronome (short, 2012), Siham (short, 2013), Farewell (short, 2013), Ana (short, 2014), I Say Dust (short, 2015), Human Error (short, 2016), The President's Visit (short, 2017), The Swing (2018), Beating Hearts (short, 2020), Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano (2023)

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