Darine Hamze (Arabic: دارين حمزة) is a Lebanese actress, director and producer. She has been working in film, television and theatre since 2001 in The Middle East and Europe. Hamze won the Best Actress Award in Oran International Film Festival 2017 for her role in film Nuts.
|Years active||2007 – present|
Hamze was born as a second child. Her father was a flight engineer and a painter mother, in Baalbeck, and raised in Souk El Gharb, Aley District, Lebanon. She was sent to the United Kingdom (England), between the age of 8 and 13, to a British boarding school (ISC) in Bath, along with her two brothers.
During her time in England, Hamze discovered Shakespeare's theatre. Evidently her first appearance on a stage was during this young age in Bath participating in all school plays.
Her connection with England led her, in 2003, to apply to the British Council's MA scholarships. She was accepted and travelled to London, UK to attend University of Westminster. In 2004, she graduated from the University of Westminster with a Master of Arts (MA) in Arts and Media Practice.
In 2005, Hamze returned to Beirut with her MA from London and directly started giving courses in acting, editing and media arts in a number of International Universities, mainly Université Antonine - UA, American University of Science and Technology - AUST, and Lebanese International University - LIU. She also worked as a director/editor in two cinema critique episodes in the program "Al-Adasa Al-Arabia", for Al-Jazeera TV.
After her MA from London, Hamze is credited for taking on the most challenging daring roles throughout the Middle East. Consistently ranked among the region's highest paid actors in 2016, she is best known for her hit movies "The Book of Law" (2009), "Beirut Hotel" (2011), "Single, Married, Divorced- Yalla A’belkon" (2015), "Halal Love" (2016), and "Nuts" (2017). She has won many local and international acting awards, including Japan's Audience Award in Fukuoka Film Festival 2016 for her starring role in film "Halal Love", and the Best Actress Award from Algeria's Oran International Film Festival 2017 for her starring role in film "NUTS".
In 2016 she founded an entertainment production company, which she currently runs, and has since produced several films, documentaries and ads while continuing to support freedom of speech, youth for arts not war, and help the new generation accept their voices, talents by empowering young girls and to thrive and achieve their full potential.
International film acting careerEdit
Credited as one of the best Arab actresses for taking on challenging and complex roles in different dialects and languages throughout the region, her international film career began in 2009 starring in a big Iranian acclaimed feature film The Book of Law - Ketabe Ghanoon, co-starring legendary Iranian movie star Parviz Parastui and directed by Maziar Miri, in which Hamze studied intensive Persian dialect for it. The film had some controversy at first for criticizing the way Islam was being practiced erroneously in certain societies in Iran but was later on accepted as a smart amusing self-critiquing social romantic comedy and was a big hit and has since become a cult-underground film.
Her next unique role was in 2011's French/Lebanese controversial film Beirut Hotel opposite French actor Charles Berling, directed by Danielle Arbid, which made a huge controversy because of its political sub-text and explicit scenes. Hamze took on the challenge this time to portray (Zoha) a wild romantic alternative singer that falls in love with a French spy. Hamze practiced her French and even took singing classes which made the film's soundtrack, with her voice, a hit. But the film was banned in Lebanon due to suggestive scenes depicting the Lebanese government as covering up some kind of information regarding the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. However, the film aired in France and Germany on Arte, and Hamze was bombarded by opposing opinions for playing such a daring role. She was praised by the liberal audiences and out-shun by conformists in a number of Arab societies, for playing the French audacious role.
In 2016 Hamze first came to the attention of the American audiences with her performance in the German/Lebanese film Halal Love (and sex), directed by Assad Fouladkar and produced by Razor Films, which screened at the US film festivals Sundance and The Hamptons as well as many other international film festivals and screened the Golden Globes HFPA nominations. She depicted the dreamy role of "Loubna", a Muslim divorced woman trying to live her love life and desires without breaking any of her religion's rules, and in it she took on the taboo topic of the Islamic pleasure marriage (which is a short-term contract marriage). As Hamze accepted an Award for it in Japan (Fukuoka International Film Festival 2016) she confirmed that she "looks for roles that challenge her psychologically and mentally, as well as fill her human emotions to stimulate evolution, because film is also a window into other people’s worlds, a small peak into the other’s point of view, which can help wake up society’s humanity and lend a hand in bring humans together. And that she hopes that with every character she plays she brings a voice to those hidden closed windows that can help unite races, religions and cultures through the common grounds of art".
- 2019 - Beirut Bride (TV Series- MBC)
- 2018 - Forsa Akhira (TV Series- Bein Drama TV)
- 2017 - NUTS (Lebanese French Feature Film)
- 2016 - Yalla Aabelkon Shabeb - Part 2 (Lebanese Feature Film)
- 2016 - Shahadit Milad (TV Series- ON Cairo)
- 2016 - Alarab Part 2 (TV Series- Syrian)
- 2015 – Halal Love / Bil Halal (German Lebanese Feature Film)
- 2015 - Alarab Part 1 (TV Series- Syrian)
- 2015 – Single, Married, Divorced, Yalla Aabelkon (Lebanese feature film)
- 2015 - Ahmad W Christina (TV Series- MTV)
- 2015 - Teen Wolf (TV Series - MTV)
- 2015 – Abna wa qatala (TV Series- MTV)
- 2014 – Halawet Alrouh (TV Series- Syrian- Lebanese- Tunisian)
- 2014 – Ahl Alexandria (TV Series- Egypt)
- 2013 – Betroit (Lebanese- American feature film)
- 2013 – Ghazl El Banet (TV Series- LBCI)
- 2012 – Khotot Hamraa (TV Series- Egypt)
- 2012 – Zay Elward (TV Series- Egypt)
- 2011 – Beirut Hotel (French Lebanese Feature Film)
- 2011 – Al-Ghaliboun (TV Series- Lebanon)
- 2011 – Al-Chahroura (TV Series- Egypt-Lebanon)
- 2010 – South of Heaven – (Iranian film- fiction- 35mm)
- 2010 – Selim w Distit Harim – (TV Series- MBC)
- 2010 – Aala El-aahed – (TV Series- New TV)
- 2009 – Majnouni – (short film- Université Saint-Joseph)
- 2009 – The Book of Law – (Iranian feature film- fiction- 35mm)
- 2009 – Al-Dawama – (TV Series- Syria TV) –
- 2009 – Adventures of Jad & Nour – (TV Series- OTV)
- 2008 – Drabzin – (short film- Notre Dame University)
- 2008 – Hamil Outer Bladi – (Music Video- 35mm)
- 2008 – Rebirth – (Iranian film- fiction- HD)
- 2007 – 911 – (TV Series- LBC SAT)
- 2006 – Alaadasa Alarabia – (documentary- Al-Jazeera *As director)
- 2006 – Hkeyit Aayda – (TV Series- LBCI)
- 2004 – I-Axis/ Skin Plasticity – (short film- University of Westminster, UK *As Director)
- 2003 – The Park – (short film- Columbia University, NY)
- 2002 – Her Absurdity – (short film- Lebanese University)
- 2002 – Flat, Pale, White Hands – (short film- Lebanese University *As Director)
- 2001 – Talbeen El Orb – (TV Series- LBCI)
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- "Contribution to the Creative Industries Award". University of Westminster. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
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- Smith, Nigel M. (26 January 2016). "Halal Love (and Sex) review: Beirut-set comedy offers more than just laughs" – via www.theguardian.com.
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