Thu, May 20, 2010 7:00 pm at Tribeca Cinemas
Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i Collaborative Monthly Series present:
Beirut, Open City (Egypt/Lebanon 2008, 101 min, Arabic with English ST)
with Khaled Nabawy, Rodney El-Haddad, Diamand Bou Abboud and Cyrine AbdelNour
Samir Habchi returns to directing with the acclaimed film Beirut, Open City. The film, set in Lebanon in the 1990s, follows Khaled, an idealistic young Egyptian photojournalist/ filmmaker who is attempting to make a film about Lebanese intelligence and security agencies. The audience is brought along with Khaled’s investigating through Syrian-occupied Beirut, as he comes into contact with a torture victim, a security guard and beautiful dancer. But, when a man from the rural areas is killed accidently by the U.S. ambassador guards, the repercussions resonate for every character.
The film title isn’t the only echo of Robert Rosselini’s Roma, Open City, as Habchi compiles an amazingly similar narrative and thematic parallels to this classic Italian film. This pulsing story of Lebanon’s underworld with weaving narratives, plot twists, and lots of action, Beirut, Open City conceals as much as it reveals.
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About the Director
Samir Habchi graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in directing from the Ukraine’s Institute of Theatre and Cinematography, after which he returned to his native Lebanon to write, direct and produce feature films and television programs. Habchi has directed many films including Gebran Khalil Gebran (2008), Sayidat el Kasr (Lady of the Palace, 2003), Meshwar (2005 – a feature drama showcased at the 2005 Sydney Arab Film Festival), and El- Aasar (The Tornado, 1992).
Last updated: 2010-05-09 22:12:54
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