Once Upon a Time, Beirut
Fiction, director: Jocelyn Saab, Lebanon/France, 1994, 104 min., Arab./Fr. with En. ST
24.4.2022 | 15.00 | Arsenal |
followed by a film talk with Mathilde Rouxel (General Delegate of the JOCELYNE SAAB’S FRIENDS ASSOCIATION and Project Manager for Restorations) and actress Myrna Maakaron
Two young women of the war generation, Yasmin (Michèle Tyan) and Leila (Myrna Maakaron), are in search of Beirut. They decide to visit a renowned cinephile and collector, M. Farouk (Emile Accar), to discover a Lebanon that they’ve never known. They convince him to screen his collection for them only to find themselves on a path of memories, immersed in the film universe that has, over 40 years, contributed to creating the international image of Beirut as a shining star. In the context of the war that has destroyed this city, the projection of the films that the two girls set up gives the city back a taste of its own history.