Born in Beirut, Danielle Arbid left Lebanon and moved to Paris at age 18. After studying comparative literature at Sorbonne, she worked at a newspaper for six years. Her first short film Raddem (1998) received awards from more than 10 international film festivals. Her documentaries Alone with War (2001) and Conversation de salon (2004) won the Silver Leopard and Golden Leopard, respectively, at the Locarno International Film Festival. Her first feature In the Battlefields (2004) and second feature A Lost Man (2007) were both presented in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival. Simple Passion (2020), a film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same title, was presented at the Cannes Film Festival, joining the ranks of well-established filmmakers.