In its sixth edition, The Cinema Days of Beirut is presenting a selection of Arab and Lebanese films, most of which are shown for the first time to the Lebanese audience. Some of these films have been screened in acclaimed international festivals including the Cannes, Dubai, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals.
The Mountain, newest opus of Lebanese filmmaker Ghassan Salhab will be screened as a work in progress during the festival while Every Day is a Holiday, first feature film of Lebanese filmmaker Dima El Horr, will open the festival in its first screening in Beirut. The film has participated to several festivals around the globe including the Toronto, Rome and Dubai Film Festivals.
Acclaimed filmmaker Olivier Assayas will attend the festival’s closing ceremony on the 25th of September with his film Carlos which has been partly shot in Beirut, in one of the pillar sections of the festival: A Foreign Look on the Arab World. Several Lebanese actors have taken part in the production of the film. Assayas will talk about ‘Cinema and Politics’ through his experience with Carlos, in a Master Class during the festival in the presence of the press and the Lebanese public.
The Cinema Days of Beirut is proud to welcome the acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Michel Khleifi who will be presenting his first featureFertile Memory and newest feature film Zindeeq. Other award-winning feature fictions include Harragas by Merzak Allouache, Inland by Tariq Teguia and Son of Babylon by Mohammad AlDaradji. Feature documentaries include How Bitter My Sweet by Mohamed Soueid, Fix Me by Raed Andoni, Waiting for Abu Zayd by Mohamad Ali Atassi which is screened for the first time in the Arab World after picking up prizes at the 2010 FID Marseille, and We Were Communists by Maher Abi Samra which is premiering at the 67thVenice Biennale in September 2010.
The Cinema Days of Beirut is also keen on presenting films from the collective memory of the Arab cinema, and hence the section Films from the Arab Cinema Heritage which will include the Algerian/Lebanese film Nahla by Algerian filmmaker Farouk Beloufa. The film will be screened, in partnership with the French association Aflam, for the first time in Lebanon after being completed in 1979, in the presence of the filmmaker, the crew and the two leading actresses Lina Tabbara and Yasmine Khlat, to whom the festival is dedicating a three-film retrospective.
For more information on the festival’s program and side events, please check our future blog posts or the festival’s page on Beirut DC’s website.