Marie-Therese, the daughter of 90 year old Antoine who lives with 25% of his heart functioning and Viviane with dementia illness, passes away unexpectedly. Due to Antoine’s health problems, no one in the family has the courage to tell him the truth and in order not to face two deaths, they lie to him about Marie-Therese being abroad. Nevertheless the tight bond he has with his daughter leads him to constantly question why she never gets in contact. Although the creator of the documentary Cyril Aris opens up a very private space to the audience, because of universal concepts such as “the unbearable pain over a loss”, “longing”, “affection” and “hoping for expectations” The Swing is an unforgettable film that appeals straight to the heart of people.


Atlanta Film Festival 2019, Budapest International Documentary Festival 2019, El Gouna International Film Festival 2018, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018, Open City Docs Fest 2018


Lebanese Director & Screenwriter living in New York and Beirut, currently in development for his first fiction feature, having just completed his debut feature documentary, The Swing (2018), recipient of a grant from AFAC, and which had its world premiere in the documentary competition at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.


  • Director
    Cyril Aris
  • Editing
    Mounia Akl, Cyril Aris
  • Cast
    Antoine Aris, Marie-Therese Aris, Toufic Aris, Viviane Aris
  • Producer
    Cyril Aris
  • Distributor
    Minerva Pictures

14 September 2019 19:00

Cinemaximum Kanyon Salon 6

22 September 2019 11:00

Kadiköy Sinemasi Salon 1