Born in Jwar El Hoz, a small village in Mount Lebanon, Takla Chamoun stamped her name among top Lebanese actresses with her big passion, dedication and loyalty to the performing arts.
After graduating from the Lebanese University with a Diploma in Theater Acting and Directing, Takla participated in experimental theater along with famous directors such as Chakib Khoury, Mounir Abou Debes, Siham Naser and many others. She received an award of Best Actress for her performance in Arthur Miller’s “Ma Youchbeh Kissat Hob '' by Chakib Khoury at Festival International du Théâtre de Casablanca.
Soon after, Takla’s journey on the screen began with TV series and drama where she sparked in portraying complex characters. Her roles in “Min Barsoumi” (2001), “Ruby” (2012), and most recently “Beirut Bride” (2019), along many other contributions, have turned Takla a trademark in Lebanese and Arab drama with her unique style and challenging performances.
Takla’s charm on camera was then put on the big screen with outstanding performances in European productions like “Un Homme Perdu” (2007), “Beyrouth Hotel” (2011), “Dans Les Champs Des Batailles” (2014), and Lebanese movies like “Rsasa Taycheh” (2010), “Habbet Loulou” (2013), and “Waynon” (2013) where she was winner of Best Ensemble Cast in a Lebanese Movie at the Lebanese Movie Awards. In 2014, she was Winner of Best TV and Cinema Actress for the Past 10 Years at the Murex D'Or.
Along with her husband writer/director Tony Farjallah, Takla took her passion further in establishing the Lebanese Film Academy – LFA dedicated to film training, services and production. Takla aims at preserving the authenticity of an actor through sharing her approach within a rounded curriculum that carries students throughout the full process of preparing for a role.
In 2018, she executive produced the first Lebanese historical feature "Morine", written, produced and directed by her husband. The film is still playing around the world and has so far received twelve national and international awards. The making of Morine has been marked among the biggest challenges for Takla where she had to overcome tremendous obstacles.
Just as she constantly fights for her characters, so does she fight, everyday, to prove that a woman with a passion and a message like hers cannot know defeat nor surrender.
Born in the city of the sun Baalbek on the 30th of October 1933, Marie-Aimee Alouf Boulos was destined to discover and mark the cinema world through many doors.
She holds a DEA (Diplôme d' Etudes Approfondies) in Philosophy from the Faculty of Humanities at University Saint Joseph -Beirut (USJ) .She is the Co-Founder of Institut d'études Scéniques, Audiovisuelles et Cinématographiques (IESAV) that she headed for 15 years; and she is currently its Director Emeritus.
In 2003, she co-founded “la Fondation du Liban Cinema”, a non-governmental organization that plays a powerful role in the Lebanese audiovisual industry, by supporting the development of a competitive Lebanese film industry.
Her passion for arts drove her to become the Director of Monnot Theater since 1997. In parallel, she is also a former member of the Executive Council of the National Lebanese Committee for the Teaching of Sciences and Culture at UNESCO. Besides, Mrs. Boulos was assigned in many leadership positions as the Co-founder, Secretary General, Director and representative of many entities and committees notably: L’Amicale at Champville School, Theater Maroun Naccache, the Ciné-Club ALDEC, and the video club at IESAV.
Noteworthy to mention that Mrs. Boulos has always been socially engaged, especially as a founding member of the Committee of Friends of IRAP since 1963.
In this context, she was globally recognized for her efforts in the artistic and academic fields, as she received the following renowned decorations: The Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et Lettres from France, and the Officier des Palmes Académiques.