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Beirut International Film Festival, showcasing local talent

BEIRUT | iloubnan.info - October 09, 2014, 10h48
Par Sophie Spencer
As Beirut international film festival draws to an end, closing with A Most Wanted Man on Thursday, iloubnan.info take a look back at the local talent showcased in this prestigious festival.
Six Lebanese films were screened in the Beirut International Film Festival in the ME shorts and the Rejection Front categories.

Will you marry me? is a brave autobiographical look at the life of its young director Zuheir Kreidieh, focussing on the reactions of his close ones to the news that he is HIV-positive. Boldly showing real emotive scenes between mother and child, Kreidieh decides not to let the virus, or the stigma surrounding it, win.

Beirut Hanan Beirut, is an eye-opening documentary about the contrast between the lives of a cosmopolitan city girl from Beirut and Bedouin women living in Oyoun al Simane. Authentically portraying positive and negative aspects of the two polar-opposite lifestyles, director Patrick Issa manages to highlight the feminine bond connecting women from all backgrounds.

In My apologies to Beirut architect Antoine Fadel uses beautiful visuals and great music by Mashrou Leila to portray the ever-changing face of Beirut. of today which he sees as the building of new high rises and the loss of social interaction. The film follows a man who lives under a bridge between Tariq al-Jedideh and Burj Hammoud, observing as the city becomes anonymous and sterile and loses its element of social interaction.

Amongst the other Middle Eastern films screened at the festival included Ants Apartment. Set in the Iraqi desert after the Iran Iraq war, in the film the audience sees only the desert landscape but hears the dialogue between a husband and wife and their baby’s cries. In this film, the director Tofigh Amani wanted to show the victims’ side of the story; the thoughts of those who were killed in Saddam Hussein’s Al-Anfal campaign against the Kurds in Iraq.

More than Two hours by Iranian director Ali Asgari, is an interesting look at how, in the Islamic state of Iran, the upholding of a woman’s reputation is sometimes considered more important than her health. Based on a true incident which happened to one of the director’s friends, the film tells the story of a young unmarried couple facing a dilemma after the girl loses her virginity. Although shot in Iran, it has not been shown in the country due to its critical look at the Islamic state’s laws.
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#BIFF, #Beirut_International_Film_Festival, #Cinéma, #Lebanese_cinema
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