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A l'abri des enfants

West Beirut

(West Beyrouth)

by Ziad Doueiri

Lebanon

 

A l'abri des enfants

Director: Ziad Doueiri

Script: Ziad Doueiri

Cineamtographer: R. Jacques Gale

Editing: D. Marcombe

Sound: Nicolas Cantin, Thierry Sabatier

Art Director: Hamzé Nasrallah

Music: Stewart Copeland

Cast: Rami Doueiri, Mohamad Chamas, Rola Al Amin, Carmen Lebbos, J. Bou Nassar, Liliane Nemry, Leila Karam, Hassan Farhat, M. Mabsout, Fadi Abou Khalil

Production: 3B Productions

Distribution:
Tadrart Films
10 Passage des Taillandiers
75011 Paris
France
Tel: 0033 1.43.13.10.60
Fax: 0033 1.43.13.10.66
Mail: contact@tadrart.com
www.tadrart.com

Year: 1998

35 mm, Colour, 105 min, 
OV Arabic with French Subtitles

François Chalais Award - Directors' Fortnight - Cannes Film Festival 1998

13 April 1974 in Beirut is the very day when Lebanese civil war starts. Passengers of a Palestinian bus are slaughtered by the militia under the eyes of Tarek and Omar, two adolescents living in the western area of the capital inhabited by Muslims. They try to ignore the tragedy they witness and decide to fully enjoy their youth by carrying on having good time. They hang around at random in the streets, making friends with neighbours, shopkeepers and the militia, accompanied by their Christian friend May, a young girl from their area who does not leave them insensitive. They also film all that they see and turn the battle field into a kind a playground.

Mostly autobiographical, this film tells young Lebanese director Ziad Doueri’s mischievousness. This chronicle about a youth stolen by the madness of men is a sincere and genuine debut film using humour for a deep reflection on the Lebanese conflict and its roots.

 

Les Murmures du vent

Whispers with the Wind

(Sirta la gal ba)

by Shahram Alidi

Iraq

 

Les Murmures du vent

Director: Shahram Alidi

Script: Shahram Alidi

Cinematographer: Touraj Aslani

Editing: Hayedeh Safiyari

Sound: Asghar Abyoun

Cast: Omar Chawshin, Maryam Boubani, F.M. Barzani, V.M. Jarou, M.H. Ghader, B.A. Ghader

Production  Taw Film, Shahram Alidi

Distribution:
Les Acacias
63 rue de Ponthieu
75008 Paris
France
Tel: 0033 1.56.69.29.30
Fax: 0033 1.42.56.08.65
Mail: acaciasfilms@wanadoo.fr
www.acaciasfilms.com

Year: 2009

35 mm, Colour, 87 min, 
OV Kurdish with French Subtitles

Critics' Week - Cannes Film Festival 2009

Mam Balder, the winged uncle, has for long been a postman in many mountain villages of Iraqi Kurdistan. However, unlike a normal postman, he also passes words and speeches recorded on tapes. One day, a partisan leader who is far from his home asks him to record the first cry of his baby about to be born. When the postman goes to the village, he discovers that all the children and the leader’s wife have been shifted to the valley to ensure their security. He then sets off to find them, wherever they might be.

"The short human lifetime is a topic which always preoccupied me. I would like to find a way to make life more beautiful. One cannot prolong people‘s lives, but the artists can immortalise art created by the human". Shahram Alidi

 
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