Trilogy

a Bashar Shbib film

TRILOGY

Documentary, 89:00 min, 1983, 1984, 1986, B&W;/Color.

 

Synopsis

OR'D'UR

1983, Canada, Color, 16mm, 41 min. Docudrama

The title is a play on the French word for garbage, “ordure”. It is an experimental piece of work which brings to light inherent problems with documentary film, not to mention the language of a few prostitutes. A group of rowdy Montreal boys live under the wing of a tough matron-mama (Claire Nadon) who runs her house like a youth hostel. An ironic twist on cinema verité.

OR'D'UR.. a gritty, realistic look at male prostitution and sexual assault...an audacious, thought provoking work...one which raises important questions about the documentary idiom.
James Adams, Cinema Canada

JURY PRIZE, CANADIAN STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL 1984

BETSY

1984, Canada, Color, 16mm, 26 min. Comedy

A camp comedy of social mores. Right before her operation, a transsexual announces to her boss, mother and the world that her intention is to marry her straight lover Maurice during a meeting that her whiny, suburban in-laws will never forget.

...identification with the milieu...warmhearted...lasting humour...
Tom Waugh, The Body Politic

JURY PRIZE, CANADIAN STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL 1984

AMOUR IMPOSSIBLE

1986, Canada, Color/B&W, 16mm, 22 min. Docufiction

Transsexuals? Transvestites? Skinheads? Anarchy? Street life, hustling and drag are explored with sophistication, emotional resonance and that certain extra something that'll make you want to change the impossible to the incredible.

“ ...moving...dream-like, yearned love...”
Michel Beauchamp, 24 Images

Cast & Crew

OR'D'UR (PART 1)

STARRING : CLAIRE NADON, JOHN WIMBS
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : STEPHEN REIZES
SOUND : ANDREW KOSTER
EDITORS : BASHAR SHBIB
MUSIC : LAURIE ANDERSON, CONDITION, ERIC LAGACÉ, DIANE DULUDE
WRITTER, EDITOR, DIRECTOR : BASHAR SHBIB
WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF : CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY and THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

BETSY (PART 2)

STARRING : JOHN WIMBS, CLAUDE BLANCHARD
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : STEPHEN REIZES
EDITED BY : STEPHEN REIZES, ANDREW KOSTER
SOUND : ANDREW KOSTER
PIANO : LUDWIG SEMERJIAN
WRITTER, PRODUCTOR, DIRECTOR : BASHAR SHBIB
WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF : CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY and THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

AMOUR IMPOSSIBLE (PART 3)

STARRING : MICHELLE DEVILLE, MICHEL OICLE, JEAN-CLAUDE BUSTROS, ERIKA HAGENLOCHER
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : STEPHEN REIZES
EDITOR : DENYSE OSTIGUY
SOUND : ANDREW KOSTER
MUSIC : DIMITRI SHOSTAKOVITCH
WRITTER AND DIRECTOR : BASHAR SHBIB

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF : CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY and THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA'S FILMMAKER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM and CANADA COUNCIL EXPLORATIONS

 

All Rights Reserved © 1984 Oneira Pictures International

Lana in Love

a Bashar Shbib film

LANA IN LOVE

Fiction, 74:00 min, 1991, color, NTSC.

 

Synopsis

Once the ad ran in the "personals" you'd think that Lana (Daphna Kastner) would just sit back and choose from the young men who'd come calling. Well, think again!

Unfortunately for Lana, she encounters Marty (Clark Gregg), a cocky, beer-guzzling plumber who is sent to Lana's address by mistake. He thinks he's stumbled upon a beautiful young business woman's attempts to seduce him. And she thinks he's the doctor that responded to her ad – although, with his tool kit in hand and his name printed on his shirt, he’s a bit different than what she imagined.

When the real doctor (Ivan Roth) calls, life for Lana becomes even more complicated. What follows is a hilarious adventure of failed romance and twisted human relationships. Will Lana get her pipes checked? Will Marty get his tool kit back? Does it really pay to advertise?

"...A very touching and extremely wonky portrait of a bizarre love affair... Shbib and Kastner pull it off with wit and charm."
Noah Cowan, Toronto Eye

"...Lana goes for the laughs"
Norman Witner, The Toronto Star

"...An amusing tale of mistaken identity...Clark Gregg makes an impressive screen debut..."
Suzan Ayscough, Weekly Variety

 

Cast & Crew

STARRING : DAPHNA KASTNER, CLARK GREGG, SUSAN EYTON-JONES, IVAN E. ROTH
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER : JANET CUNNINGHAM
PRODUCED BY : BASHAR SHBIB
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : STEPHEN REIZES
EDITORS : MEIYEN CHAN, BASHAR SHBIB
SOUND: CLIFFORD "KIP" GYNN
ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE : HARRY MAYRONNE JR.
SCREENPLAY : BASHAR SHBIB, DAPHNA KASTNER
ART DIRECTOR : JANET CUNNINGHAM
DIRECTED BY : BASHAR SHBIB

All Rights Reserved © 1991 Oneira Pictures International

Love $ Greed

a Bashar Shbib film

LOVE $ GREED

Fiction, Comedy, 80:15 min, 1991, color, NTSC.

 

Synopsis

Robert and Alexandra (Franck Bruynbroek, Melissa White) haven’t had the best marriage. Living separately for quite some time, they are stunned to find out that an eccentric uncle Leopold has left them $23 million. But there's one condition, they have to produce a child within one year. That news doesn't exactly cheer their current mates, Suzie (Lori Eastside) and Ted (Dick Monday); but the foursome are willing to give it a try.

They all move into Leopold's mansion to conceive the "money baby", with a certified witness (David Charles), the uncle's devoted butler (Ivan Roth) and a gaggle of therapists in tow. They might not produce a child, but you can be sure there will be plenty of laughs when the foursome show both their love and their greed.

Love $ Greed is a romantic comedy that offers a skewed look at contemporary relationships, personal wealth and the ever-deflating value of love.

"...a funny movie about lust, love and greed... (Melissa) White is a natural."
Suzan Ayscough, Variety

"...une histoire abracadabrante..." (...an abracadabra story...)
Héléne de Billy, L'Actualité 

« Du gros rire...” ( Big laughs...)
Serge Dussault, La Presse

Cast & Crew

STARRING : FRANK BRUYNBROEK, MELISSA WHITE, DICK MONDAY, LORI EASTSIDE, DAVID CHARLES, IVAN E. ROTH
SCREENPLAY BY : BASHAR SHBIB, GABOR ZSIGOVICS
ART DIRECTOR : JANET CUNNINGHAM
EDITOR : FLORENCE MOUREAUX
MUSIC : EMILIO KAUDERER
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : STEPHEN REIZES
SOUND : ALAN SAMUELS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER : JANET CUNNINGHAM
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR : BASHAR SHBIB

All Rights Reserved © 1991 Oneira Pictures International

Crack Me Up

a Bashar Shbib film

CRACK ME UP

Fiction, Drama, 75:00 min, 1991, color, NTSC.

 

Synopsis

THE BLOND, THE BLIND AND THE BROTHEL...

The film weaves the tale of Louie B. (Tim Brazzil), a hapless cowboy who thinks the world would be a better place if strangers would kiss each other more often. After a run-in with a band of crooks headed by Stacey, (Mary Crosby), Louie goes blind. He is taken in by Billie Jean – a tough-love prostitute (Daphna Kastner), and her colleagues – who are as gay as they are straight.

What follows is a fabulously eclectic look into the life of an East Hollywood, Heydy Fleiss-style bordello for the working man, whose goal it is to liberate heterosexual social mores.

"...sweet little charmer...good dialogue, gritty direction and the regular mix of hip tricks..."
Katherine Monk, Vancouver Sun

"... slummy camp, porno spoof and slice-of-life realism... bitchy, funny and sad."
Ken Eisner, Weekly Variety

Cast & Crew

STARRING : DAPHNA KASTNER, TIM BRAZZIL, MARY CROSBY, DAVID CHARLES, JANET CUNNINGHAM, KENNON B. RAINES
ORIGINAL STORY : BASHAR SHBIB
SCREENPLAY : BASHAR SHBIB, DAPHNA KASTNER, MARYSE WILDER
MUSIC : EMILIO KAUDERER
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : STEPHEN REIZES
EDITORS : BASHAR SHBIB, FLORENCE MOUREAUX, VINCENT LAUZON
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: DIDIER FARRÉ, GREGOR VON BISMARCK, WENDY RITTERMAL
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER : MICHAEL KÖLLN, JANET CUNNINGHAM
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR : BASHAR SHBIB

THIS FILM IS PRODUCED WITH THE FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION OF: TELEFILM CANADA

All Rights Reserved © 1991 Oneira Pictures International

Ride Me

a Bashar Shbib film

RIDE ME

Fiction, Drama, 79:50 min, 1994, color, NTSC.

Synopsis

Francesca (Bianca Rossini) seems to be satisfied with her life and her job. She thinks that marriage is something that will bring her happiness and she desperately hopes that Jonathan, her boyfriend, will propose to her on their first anniversary together. She prepares a romantic dinner for the occasion. Jonathan (Roy Garcia) has not only forgotten the special event, but he also intends to spend the evening with Tracey (Colleen Coffey), an ex-girlfriend.

Seeking revenge, Francesca plans a moving party and enlists the help of an odd group of men that have her as their one common interest. The movers include Jake (Clark Gregg), a retired rodeo star, Adolpho (Adam Coleman Howard), a wacky dream analyst, Eric, her best friend and confidant, Joel (David Cohen), a Vegas guru, as well as some of Jonathan's female friends that were not specifically invited…

Ride me follows the erratic love life of Francesca through the eyes of Randy Lafleur (Frederick Duval) – nicknamed "Frenchie,” a down-and-out private investigator who is struggling to uncover the events leading up to a accidental death...

Cast & Crew

STARRING: BIANCA ROSSINI, FREDERICK DUVAL, CLARK GREGG, ADAM COLEMAN HOWARD, ROY GARCIA, COLLEEN COFFEY, CHRISTINA BECK, IVAN E. ROTH, DAVID COHEN, ROBYN ROSENFELD
CASTING & ART DIRECTOR: JANET CUNNINGHAM
CAMERA / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: MARC ANDRÉ BERTHIAUME
EDITORS: MEIYEN CHAN, FLORENCE MOUREAUX
MUSIC:  JEAN FRANÇOIS FABIANO
SOUND: ALAN SAMUELS
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: DAVID COHEN
SCREENPLAY: DAVID COHEN, BASHAR SHBIB
ORIGINAL STORY: DAVID COHEN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: RICHARD GOUDREAU, ÉTIENNE DUVAL
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR: BASHAR SHBIB

THIS FILM IS PRODUCED WITH THE FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION OF: TELEFILM CANADA

All Rights Reserved © 1994 Oneira Pictures International

Draghoula

a Bashar Shbib film

DRAGHOULA

Fiction, Comedy, Horror, 84:30 min, 1995, color, NTSC.

 

Synopsis

Harry (Chriss Lee) is a young, Jewish scientist who lives with his overprotective and overbearing mother, Ida (Victoria Barkoff). He spends most of his time in his laboratory trying to isolate the guilt gene, using live rats for his tests.

When the laboratory administration announces a major budget cut, he can no longer afford the number of rats he needs to continue his research. But Harry does not despair; he finds an agency that supplies rats from Transylvania at a very low price. When he is bitten by one of these specimens, his quiet life takes quite a radical turn…

Henceforth, Harry undergoes a nightly transformation into Draghoula, a vampire in drag who roams the streets in search of fresh, human blood. This daily metamorphosis does not go unnoticed by Harry’s mother, nor his co-worker, Sabrina (Stephanie Seidle), who is secretly in love with him. Convinced they are each the only ones that hold the key to returning Harry to his original state, they both set out, in turn, to save him.

Cast & Crew

STARRING : STEPHANIE SEIDLE, CHRISS LEE, ROBYN LANE, VICTORIA BARKOFF, BOBO VIAN
ART DIRECTOR :  GABOR ZSIGOVICS
CAMERA / DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION : JAY FERGUSON
EDITOR : MEIYEN CHAN
WARDROBE : CLAIRE NADON
MAKE-UP & HAIR :  CLELIA MARSADIE
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR : KARINE ZERBÉ
SOUND :  ERIC ZIMMER
MUSIC : TALAMASCA, SASSY SCARLET
SCREENPLAY : BASHAR SHBIB
POST PRODUCTION : FILM HOUSE LABORATORIES
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER : RICHARD GOUDREAU
PRODUCER, WRITER, DIRECTOR :  BASHAR SHBIB

THIS FILM IS PRODUCED WITH THE FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION OF: TELEFILM CANADA

All Rights Reserved © 1995 Oneira Pictures International

The Mule and the Emeralds

a Bashar Shbib film

THE MULE AND THE EMERALDS (French Language Original)

Fiction, Drama, 76 min, 1995, color, NTSC.

 

Synopsis

The jeweller Salomon has entrusted Gorem (Frédérick Duval) with a special job, to deliver some gems to Charlie, who is known as “the Wolf of the Caribbean”. What this young ‘mule’ doesn’t know is that the emeralds have been stolen and are coveted by rival gangs.

When Salomon is bumped off, Gorem has to deal, one after the other, with Andrew, Max, Sebastien, Lena (Anne-Marie Leduc) and his brother George (Claude Larivière), all of whom succeed in making the hunt for the emeralds just a little more complicated.

Although, what worries Gorem most is the affair of his beloved Jeanne (Susila Maraviglia) with a certain Marc (Pascal Auclair). But Gorem has a plan – he will sell the emeralds for big bucks and use the money to take Jeanne far away. He sets up a meeting with one of the gangs and arranges to meet Jeanne at the same spot. Unbeknownst to Jeanne, she is followed by a rival gang. It is the confrontation between all of these upstanding characters that will take a most unexpected turn . . .

 

Cast & Crew

STARRING : FRÉDÉRICK DUVAL, SUSILA MARAVIGLIA, CLAUDE LARIVIÈRE, PASCAL AUCLAIR, ANNE-MARIE LEDUC, CLÉLIA MARSADIÉ, MAÏA NADON-CHBIB
COSTUME DESIGN : CLAIRE NADON
ART DIRECTOR: GABOR ZSIGOVICS
CAMERA / DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION : JAY FERGUSON
EDITORS : MEIYEN CHAN, BENJAMIN DUFFIELD
MAKE-UP & HAIR : CLÉLIA MARSADIÉ
PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATORS : KARINE ZERBÉ, GEOFF DEADMAN
SOUND: HAIG ARMEN
MUSIC : BABELFISH
SONGS : TALAMASCA, JACQUES ANTONIN
SCREENPLAY : BASHAR SHBIB, THÉRÈSE BRODEUR
PRODUCER & DIRECTOR : BASHAR SHBIB

THIS FILM IS PRODUCED WITH THE FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION OF: TELEFILM CANADA

All Rights Reserved © 1995 Oneira Pictures International

Hot Sauce

a Bashar Shbib film

HOT SAUCE

Fiction, Comedy, 80:57 min, 1997, color, NTSC.

 

Synopsis

Following the adventures of the B-movie director, Bill Gabriel Young (Bashar Shbib), Hot Sauce explores the sensation of taste. Suffering from amnesia after being mugged and knocked unconscious, Bill attempts to piece his life together. With the help of his friend Bella (Susan Eyton-Jones), Bill inadvertently discovers that spicy foods help him to regain his early memories bit by bit. His subsequent hot-food binges, however, only serve to reveal that his forgotten life may not be worth remembering. Told with humor and wisdom by Bill's daughter Tanya (Maïa Nadon-Chbib), the story mixes straightforward narrative with documentary-style interviews of people from the filmmaker’s past.

As the different accounts unfold, a common theme emerges : each person casts Bill in an unflattering light - as a shady and insensitive man who has little (if any) talent in his chosen field. In despair over these revelations, Bill is ultimately saved by Tanya, whose open and unqualified acceptance and love convince him that some things in life are definitely worth remembering.

 

Cast & Crew

STARRING : BASHAR SHBIB, SUSAN EYTON-JONES, MAÏA NADON-CHBIB, IONA BRINDLE, GREGOR VON BISMARCK, GEOFF DEADMAN, ROBYN LANE, LYNNE ROSENFELD, DONALD ROSENFELD SR., JAY FERGUSON, ALEXANDRA WOODWARD, MARK HOUGHTON, GABOR ZSIGOVICS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER : PIERRE LATOUR
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : JAY FERGUSON
EDITOR : HEIDI HAINES
SOUND: ANTOINE DURAND
ORIGINAL MUSIC : JEAN-FRANÇOIS FABIANO
ART DIRECTOR : KARINE ZERBÉ
SCREENPLAY & STORY : BASHAR SHBIB
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER : MICHEL ZGARKA
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR : BASHAR SHBIB

THIS FILM IS PRODUCED WITH THE FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION OF:
TELEFILM CANADA
SOCIÉTÉ DE DÉVELOPPEMENT DES ENTREPRISES CULTURELLES (SODEC)
GOUVERNEMENT DU QUÉBEC (Programme du Crédit d'Impôt)
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA (Tax Credit Program)

All Rights Reserved © 1997 Oneira Pictures International

Taxi to L.A.

a Bashar Shbib film

TAXI TO L.A.

Fiction, Drame, 78:30 minutes, 1997, color, NTSC.

 

Synopsis

Grief-stricken after her fiancé called off their wedding, Sam (Alexandra Woodward), an impetuous Montréal socialite, impulsively hires Jack (Mark Houghton), a taxi driver with voyeuristic tendencies, to drive her from Montréal to L.A.

The trip is rougher than either would have anticipated. Sam is outraged that truck stops don't serve cappuccino and offended by Jack's hygiene, or lack thereof, while Jack is exasperated by Sam's nagging and her ignorance of the real world. As the mismatched couple makes their way across America, both Sam and Jack's outlooks begin to change and the two develop a rapport.

The journey opens Sam's eyes to life beyond the country club and her exuberance helps crack Jack's cynical and defensive shell. As antagonism gives way to affection, a larger question begins to loom: can the relationship between this odd couple last beyond their eight-day taxi ride to L.A.?

 

Cast & Crew

STARRING: ALEXANDRA WOODWARD, MARK HOUGHTON, JAY FERGUSON, GEOFF DEADMAN, LARISSA GIROUX, GABOR ZSIGOVICS
PRODUCTION MANAGER: KARINE ZERBÉ
MAKE-UP, HAIR & COSTUME: CLÉLIA MARSADIÉ
CAMERA / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: JAY FERGUSON
EDITOR: PHILIP JANDALY, ROSELLA TURSI
SOUND: ALAIN TREMBLAY
ORIGINAL MUSIC: JEAN-FRANÇOIS FABIANO
SCREENPLAY: BASHAR SHBIB, DIANE CARLSON
BASED ON AN ORIGINAL STORY BY: LIZ SHANNON
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: MICHEL ZGARKA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: SAMI CHBIB, PIERRE LATOUR
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: BASHAR SHBIB

THIS FILM IS PRODUCED WITH THE FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION OF:
TELEFILM CANADA
SOCIÉTÉ DE DÉVELOPPEMENT DES ENTREPRISES CULTURELLES (SODEC)
GOUVERNEMENT DU QUÉBEC (Programme du Crédit d'Impôt)
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA (Tax Credit Program)

All Rights Reserved © 1997 Oneira Pictures International

The Perfumer

a Bashar Shbib film

THE PERFUMER

Fiction, Comedy, 80:17 minutes, 1997, color, NTSC.

 

Synopsis

Edward Pinchbeck (Jimeoin), a thirty-five-year-old professional perfumer who owns a modest perfume boutique, lives reclusively with his pet parakeet and enjoys discussing the virtues of pheromones and musky secretions. Due to being extremely shy around women, Edward is secretly in love with his overpaid and underworked store clerk Daisy (Iona Brindle) who steadfastly remains uninterested in him. Edward’s drab life drastically changes when, one day, he stumbles across an orchid with an astonishing scent. Determined to get a cutting form the flower, Edward is thwarted by his old acquaintance, plant geneticist Millicent Hedgerow (Diane Carlson). She is the president of the local flower society and is paired along with her officious German secretary, Roland Kemp (Gregor von Bismarck).

Undeterred, Edward finally succeeds in stealing a piece of the orchid and concocts a perfume from its petals. The newly fabricated perfume, bizarrely enough, is an aphrodisiac with an overpowering effect on those who are exposed to it.  Edward, now irresistible to men and women alike, unleashes upon a series of sexual misadventures involving Roland, Millicent, Daisy; her biker boyfriend and a group of orgy-minded customers who invade Edward’s boutique.

The perfumer is a madcap comedy guaranteed to change the way you smell perfume.

 

Cast & Crew

STARRING: JIMEOIN, DIANE CARLSON, IONA BRINDLE, GREGOR VON BISMARCK
ART DIRECTORS: MARIE-HÉLÈNE PANISSET, ROBIN ANDREW PATERSON
CAMERA / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: ALEX MARGINEANU
EDITOR: DAVID CRIPTON
SOUND: ALAIN TREMBLAY
ORIGINAL MUSIC: JEAN-FRANÇOIS FABIANO
SCREENPLAY: DIANE CARLSON, BASHAR SHBIB
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: ANDREW MAKAREWICZ, MICHEL ZGARKA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: PIERRE LATOUR
PRODUCER & DIRECTO: BASHAR SHBIB

THIS FILM IS PRODUCED WITH THE FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION OF:
TELEFILM CANADA
SOCIÉTÉ DE DÉVELOPPEMENT DES ENTREPRISES CULTURELLES (SODEC)
GOUVERNEMENT DU QUÉBEC (Programme du Crédit d'Impôt)
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA (Tax Credit Program)

All Rights Reserved © 1997 Oneira Pictures International