Very Big Shot

Three coke-smuggling brothers are looking to get out of the business for good – but an underworld drug lord strongarms them into one last big score in this blackly comic thriller.

The job: smuggle stolen amphetamines from Lebanon to jacked-up rebel fighters in Syria. Hatching an ingenious plan, the brothers recruit their best customer, a hack indie filmmaker, and pretending to be movie producers, hide the drug shipments in film canisters to dodge airport X-rays. Needless to say, it doesn’t all go as smoothly as Argo.

An entertaining crime romp with guts, heart, wit, and biting social satire, this debut feature, recently premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, is an impressive calling card for young Lebanese writer/director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya.