Once Upon a Time in Beirut
(Kanya ya makan beirut)
Director: Jocelyne Saab
Script: Roland Pierre, Philippe Paringaux
Cineamtographer: Roby Breïdi
Sound: Pierre Donnadieu
Editing: Dominique Auvray, Suzanne Baron
With: Emile Accar, Michèle Tyan, Myrna Maakaron
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35 mm, Colour and B & W, 100 min,
OV Arabian with French Subtitles
Twenty-year-old women Yasmine and Leila are searching for memories of Beirut. They find Mr. Farouk, an old cinema lover who saved countless documentaries and feature films which have now become varied pieces of evidence about the city's soul and identity. He agrees to show them his treasures and take them through the images of the city, as in an initiatory journey.
The film is a tribute to the city and its depictions from 1914 till today.
Once upon a time Beirut is a true work of memory examining the great myths which contributed to build the image of Beirut.