Eliane Germanos

Eliane Germanos is an accomplished actress and screenwriter hailing from Lebanon and currently residing in Dubai, UAE. With a career spanning over a decade, Eliane has established herself as a versatile talent in the acting field, making significant contributions to both the film and theater industries.

Eliane's journey in the world of acting began in 2011, and since then, she has made her mark through her participation in numerous short films. Some notable films she has been a part of include "Who Killed Rami" "Elpida's World" and her most recent venture, "The Unsaid." Notably, "The Unsaid" holds a special place in Eliane's career as she not only acted in it but also took on the role of the film's writer and producer.

In addition to her accomplishments in the realm of film, Eliane Germanos has also embraced the stage, showcasing her talent in theatrical productions. She has participated in six theatrical plays, delivering captivating performances that have captivated audiences. Some notable theatricals play she has been a part of include "The Bald Soprano" and "Blind City" Her involvement in various theatrical festivals across the UAE has further solidified her reputation as a skilled and dedicated actress.

Being multilingual and able to act in multiple languages, including English, French, Arabic, and Italian, opens up a wide range of opportunities for her. Acting in multiple languages allows her to explore diverse roles in different cultures and connect with a broader audience. It requires a great deal of skill and versatility to effectively portray characters and convey emotions in various languages. With her linguistic abilities and acting talent, she has the potential to excel in the international film and theater industries.

Eliane's contributions to the arts extend beyond her acting prowess. She possesses a creative and innovative mind, as evidenced by her ability to write compelling scripts. This multifaceted talent enables her to not only bring characters to life on screen but also to craft engaging narratives that resonate with audiences.

With her passion for acting, her creative flair as a screenwriter, and her dedication to the arts, Eliane Germanos continues to leave an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. Her unwavering commitment to her craft and her impressive body of work make her a highly respected and sought-after talent in both Lebanon and the UAE. As she continues to explore new avenues of artistic expression, Eliane's star is poised to shine even brighter in the years to come.

What topic do you discuss in your script? And why?

“The Unsaid” script is a story that delves into the complexities of a marriage between a Lebanese wife and a Pakistani husband, addressing themes of communication, identity, and love. It revolves around a pivotal moment in their relationship, which prompts them to reassess their priorities and make significant life-altering decisions.

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How do people feel after reading your script?
Empathy: Readers will feel a strong connection with the characters and empathize with their struggles and emotions.
Reflection: The script will prompt viewers to reflect on their own relationships, communication issues, and personal choices.
Intrigue: It keeps readers engaged and eager to see how the story unfolds.
Sadness or Empathy: The script explores difficult and emotionally charged themes, so it will elicit feelings of sadness or empathy for the characters.
Inspiration: Readers might feel inspired by the characters' personal growth and ability to overcome challenges.
Contemplation: The themes of communication, identity, and love may lead readers to think deeply about their own lives and relationships.
Ultimately, the emotional impact of a script can vary widely from person to person, and it often depends on how well the script resonates with individual experiences and emotions. It's the power of storytelling to evoke a wide range of feelings and engage the audience on a personal level.

Do you think that films can change people for the better or for the worse?
The impact of films on individuals can be both positive and negative, but it's essential to understand that the influence of films on people's behavior and beliefs is complex and multifaceted. Whether a film changes someone "for the better" or "for the worse" depends on several factors:

Content and Message: The content and message of a film play a significant role. Films that convey positive values, inspire empathy, promote understanding, and offer constructive messages that can have a positive impact on viewers. On the other hand, films that glorify violence, discrimination, or harmful behaviors can have a negative influence.

Audience: The impact of a film can vary based on the individual viewer. People with strong critical thinking skills and a well-developed sense of ethics may be less susceptible to negative influences, while others, particularly teenagers, may be more impressionable.

Personal Beliefs and Values: A person's existing beliefs and values can also affect how they interpret and are influenced by a film. Some people may be more resistant to change, while others may be more open to new ideas.

In summary, films have the potential to impact individuals, both positively and negatively and the effects are highly variable.

According to 3-act dramaturgy, how would you define your story?

I can structure “The Unsaid” script according to the three-act dramaturgy as follows:

Act 1: Setup

The couple comes back from a dinner date, and the wife is visibly upset and sad.
The husband is initially unaware of the reason behind her behavior.
The inciting incident occurs when he pushes her to talk, and she reveals that it's because of his demeaning remarks about her business skills and how he portrays her in front of his friends. This act establishes the central conflict and introduces the primary issues in their marriage, including communication problems and feelings of inadequacy.

Act 2: Confrontation

The intensity of the confrontation escalates as the couple's argument continues.
Hidden problems and secrets from their marriage, such as infidelity, are brought to light, adding complexity to their conflict.
The characters express their pent-up frustrations and address issues that they've never discussed openly before.
The midpoint, marked by a physical altercation, serves as a significant turning point in the argument. The rising of tension and emotional conflicts lead to the climax.

Act 3: Resolution

The climax of the argument reaches its peak when she hits him and starts shooting at him. The falling action shows the aftermath of this intense moment, but rather than continuing the toxic conversation, they decide to move on with the night normally as if the whole conversation didn’t happen. The resolution reveals that their decision to move on is motivated by their shared responsibility of raising their daughter and the cultural background they both come from, suggesting a sense of reluctant compromise, maturity and understanding.

How does the main character develop?
Both the husband and the wife undergo significant development throughout the story, particularly in how they confront and deal with their marriage issues.

Main Character (Lebanese Wife):
In the initial State, the Lebanese wife Hannah begins the story feeling upset, sad, and frustrated. She's initially hesitant to open up about her feelings and the deeper issues in their marriage. Her character development begins when she finally opens up to her husband about her feelings and reveals the initial conflict. This shows a willingness to confront the issues and communicate her emotions. As the argument intensifies and more hidden problems surface, the Lebanese wife experiences further character development. She confronts her husband about his infidelity and other unresolved issues, showing her emotional strength and desire for honesty. The midpoint of the story marks a significant turning point for her character, potentially involving her physical altercation with her husband. This could represent a moment of catharsis or realization. The character continues to develop during the resolution, where she decides, along with her husband, to move on with the night despite the intense argument. This development may reflect her acknowledgment of their shared responsibility in raising their daughter and a willingness to compromise as sign of maturity.

Main Character (Pakistani Husband):
In the initial State, the Pakistani husband Adam starts the story unaware of his wife's feelings and the impact of his words. He is initially oblivious to the depth of their marriage problems. His character development begins when he pushes his wife to talk, demonstrating a desire for communication. He initially seems insensitive but is confronted with his shortcomings. As the argument intensifies, the husband's character development involves confronting the consequences of his actions and coming to terms with his own mistakes. He must address his infidelity and other issues he has kept hidden and he faces her with the truth of her very close friend Jad as sight of infidelity from her side too. The midpoint could represent a moment of realization or personal change for the husband, potentially triggered by the physical altercation. In the resolution, the husband agrees to move on with the night, showing development in his willingness to let go of the toxic conversation for the sake of their daughter and shared responsibility.
Both characters involve a journey of self-awareness, confronting past mistakes, and, to some extent, a willingness to compromise and move forward despite the unresolved issues. After all, the development of the main characters contributes to the depth and complexity of the story.

Why do you think your script should attract director?
To attract a director, a script needs to offer several compelling elements that make it an appealing and viable project for them to consider. Here are some reasons why “The Unsaid” script might attract a director:

Strong and Complex Characters: The Unsaid script features well-developed, multi-dimensional characters who undergo significant development throughout the story. This provides actors with challenging and rewarding roles, which can be an attractive proposition for directors who value character-driven narratives.

Emotional Depth: The Unsaid script have a unique narrative structure where the characters decide to move on despite their unresolved issues. This can intrigue directors who are interested in exploring innovative storytelling techniques.

Social and Cultural Relevance: The Unsaid script's themes of multicultural marriage, communication, and identity may resonate with a wide range of viewers, and directors often seek projects that can address social and cultural issues.

Character Growth and Resolution: The Unsaid script offers the opportunity for characters to undergo significant development and resolution, which can be satisfying for both actors and audience.

Complex Relationships: The exploration of complex and troubled relationships can be compelling for directors who are interested in human psychology and interpersonal dynamics.

Ultimately, the appeal of a script to a director can be influenced by their personal preferences, artistic vision, and the alignment of the script with their expertise and interests. A well-crafted script with strong storytelling and engaging elements has a better chance of attracting a director who sees it’s potential and aligns with its themes and style.

At which festivals did you receive the award?

"The Unsaid" was filmed, and the short movie has been recognized with awards and official selections at festivals in Italy, Korea, Turkey and India … and the submissions still ongoing and we are still waiting for response from more than 20 festivals worldwide, and hopefully we will collect more accolades.
Some of the festivals:
Festival Del Cinema Di Salerno 77 (in Italy)
Korea International Short Film Festival (In Korea)
Halicarnassus Film Festival (In Turkey)
Athvikvaruni International Film Festival (In India)

Which screenwriters are your favorite and why?
My favorite English language writer is Nancy Meyers and "It's Complicated" is a great example of her ability to infuse dramatic elements into a comedy setting.
Meyers has a talent for crafting stories that explore complex relationships, often with a focus on adult characters navigating the challenges of love, family, and personal growth. "It's complicated," starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin, is known for its humor, but it also delves into more serious themes, creating a well-rounded and engaging narrative. I really appreciate Meyers' ability to add a dramatic twist to comedy while exploring the complexities of human connections.

And my favorite Arab language writer is Ahmad Mourad, and he is a prominent Egyptian screenwriter known for his work in the Arabic film industry. "Keera Wal Geen" is one of his notable works. Ahmad Mourad's contributions to Arabic cinema likely include his ability to capture cultural nuances, create compelling characters, and address relevant themes within the context of Arabic-speaking audiences.

About which topics are your screenplays?

Social Drama is my strong point, and I think that’s a powerful and impactful genre. Social dramas often tackle important societal issues, providing a platform for reflection and discussion.

What motivates you the most to write screenplays?

My motivation to write social dramas is deeply rooted in a desire to explore and shed light on real-world issues, personal experiences, and the global challenges that impact people's lives. It's a powerful and meaningful motivation that connects my storytelling to the complexities of the human experience. Writing can be a cathartic and empowering way to navigate and process the challenges faced by both individuals and societies.

What are your plans in future careers?

My only plans for future, is writing then writing then writing.
Writing for me is a powerful gift, providing not only personal satisfaction and peace but also the ability to connect with others through storytelling. For me it is a medium through which I can express myself, explore meaningful themes, and potentially make a positive impact on readers and viewers. Novels and screenwriting are my chosen mediums, and I think it is going to be a vast and exciting journey ahead.