Born 1977 in Tripoli, Lebanon. She is an MFA graduate in Media Art Production as a writer/ director of Fiction from the City College of New York. During her studies she received the New York Women in Film and Television Grant. Together with her partner Daniel Garcia, she had written and directed many short films to date. Her films have been screened at MOMA, the Anthology Film Archives in New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and many international film festivals (Avignon, Ann Arbor, Slamdance, Woodstock, Munich, Fribourg, Tessaloniki, Torino, Vancouver, among others). Her film 'From the Parapet' was a regional finalist at the 32nd Annual Student Academy Awards in 2005, and 'Almost Brooklyn' was made under the supervision of acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, and won Best Short Fiction from the Brooklyn Art Council in 2008. 'Tripoli, Quiet', a short film shot in her hometown won the Black Pearl Award for Best Middle East Short at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2009. With 'Ok, Enough, Goodbye' (2011) - her feature film debut - Rania received the Best New Arab Director Abu Dhabi 2010. Rania resides in New York City, and was recently selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 Faces of Independent Cinema in July of 2011.
Marie Losier has created internationally acclaimed film portraits of artists Mike and George Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman, Ken Jacobs, Tony Conrad and Genesis P-Orridge. Her films are regularly shown at prestigious film festivals, museums, and galleries including The Tate Modern in London, The Whitney Museum, PS1, MOMA, The Lincoln Center in NYC, The Centre George Pompidou in Paris, The Warhol Museum, The Harvard Film Archives (USA), Tribeca Film Festival (NYC), The International Berlin and Rotterdam Film Festivals and The Cinematheque Francaise (Paris),and she was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial (NYC). Recently she was given retrospectives at the Berlin Film Festival, at Harvard Film Archives and Cornell Cinema, Seattle Film Festival, Bafici film festival in Argentina, Gijon film festival in Spain. Her first feature film THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY AND LADY JAYE was premiered at the Forum at the Berlin International Film Festival this year, 2011, and awarded the Teddy Award (Best Documentary) and the Caligari Award (German distribution award), but also the Grand Price of best film at the Indie Lisboa and 4 more awards around the world ( Bafici-Buenos Aires/Sanfic-Chile/Outfest-USA/Cinema du Reel-France). The Ballad won many 8 awards and screened in 73 Film Festivals is now released in the theaters in Germany, France, Canada, USA and Mexico.
Bim Bam Boom, las luchas morenas
An impressionistic dual portrait of life off stage and on the ring of aging women wrestlers in Mexico citys La Lucha Libre. One of the most popular and oldest sport/entertainment in Mexico, La Lucha Libre is a dramatized live theater in a boxing ring with masks, costumes, glitter and a mastering in the art of make believe. Hidden identities are crucial to the game, where the wrestlers do not reveal their face to the audience; they remain a mystery and a myth and the audience becomes as much of an actor in the drama as the wrestlers. The film premieres at Berlinale Forum Expanded 2014.