The Beirut Cinema Week was supposed to take place back in January and bring “together Lebanese cinema—professionals, investors, the intellectual and general audience”. Unfortunately, recent bombings in Lebanon have forced the organizers to postpone the event.
Here’s what Sabyl Ghoussoub, the director of the Lebanese Film Festival, had to say about that. [Interview]
Do you feel the security situation in Lebanon is stifling creativity?
No, the situation leads us to create more. It stimulates creation. The only problem is that investors do not follow, so many projects do not end.
Do you see any artists, film or otherwise, in Lebanon who are using the current situation as a way to express themselves?
Living in fear of a bomb exploding or in a permanent state of war makes us see life differently. There are many situations in Lebanon, artists who actually live here and artists from the diaspora who merely pass [through]. These are different experiences, different views, but their work is all in one way or another affected by the situation.
To be honest, I was glad Adel decided to get Hussein on his show but I was rather disappointed with the segment as a whole. What happened with Hussein is a very alarming and serious matter and the fact that he was kept for 36 hours before he got released is unacceptable by all means. I think Adel should have focused more on that matter and less on the “Byjama”. He could have gotten Marwan Charbel on the line to understand why it took so long to release Hussein and how this whole misunderstanding took place and how it can be avoided in the future.
The Lego Movie is coming out next week on the 6th of February in Lebanese cinemas, and I am sure a lot of you are as excited as me to watch it. That’s why I am giving away 3 tickets (each ticket admits two people) to the Lego Movie Premiere on February 1st, 4pm at Vox Cinemas at Beirut City Centre.
In order to get in the competition, you have to answer the below question:
Which Lebanese-American artist is famous for building custom three-dimensional sculptures and large-scale mosaics using LEGO bricks?
Hint: I once posted about him.
I will draw the 3 winners by the end of the day and announce the winners tomorrow morning.
NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.
I just finished watching Her and I already feel like watching it once again. An outstanding movie, a brilliant concept and an odd yet captivating love story. “Her” makes you think about where we are today in terms of human interaction and relationships and where we might be going with all this progress in technology. It makes you wonder on the importance of technology in our everyday life and whether we should embrace it or not. It’s a strange love story between a man and an OS yet it feels at some points much deeper than many other real love stories in other movies.
I loved every single bit of it and I highly recommend it!
Aline Lahoud performed yesterday at the Voice France and was highly applauded by all four judges. She sang one of her mother’s (Salwa el Katrib) most beautiful songs “Khedni Maak” and ended up joining Florent Pagny’s team.
Best of luck to you Aline!
Lebanese Comedian Amalia Abi Saleh passed away earlier this morning. For those of you who are not familiar with Amalia, she took part in popular shows like Captain Bob and “Al Mou3allima Wal Oustaz”. Amalia had an accident almost a year ago and could no longer walk. She was denied medical attention at first because she had governmental Health Ministry Insurance, which prompted a donation campaign to help her out.
I saw this interview a year ago but for some reason, everyone’s been sharing it in the past couple days. Her English is hilarious lol!
The video is getting so many unlikes that Raza Khan the interview wrote a comment explaining the purpose of her visit and trying to defend her horrible English accent.
I want to thank everybody who have taken the time to watch this video and then passed comments on it afterwards. All of you are entitled to your opinion and the will to express it. I would just like to state that when May Hariri visited Pakistan in Nov 2005, a massive earthquake in north-eastern Pakistan had already resulted in 80,000 plus casualties and colossal damage to homes & property. So her visit was more of a goodwill gesture on the part of Lebanese Government to express solidarity with the people of Pakistan. I was mainly a news & current affairs host/reporter at that time for Pakistan Television (PTV) the State Television of Pakistan which has been in operation since Nov 1964. On a very short notice I was called for the interview by the Program Manager of PTV Lahore Centre. I could not do any research on the guest and got into the interview with a short pre-program discussion. I accept my lack of knowledge about Lebanese music and singers. Some comments have come about the lack of English Language fluency by May Hariri but I must share with people that her demeanor & attitude was very courteous towards me, producer and the technical staff consisting of cameramen, light-men, audio engineers etc. She did not behave in a haughty or arrogant manner which is a hall mark of most celebrities even several Pakistani ones. Overall she left a good impression upon us. I may have introduced her as one of the most popular singers in Middle East but the reason for that may not be based on factual dynamics of fame in the middle east but more so with the desire on my part to make her feel nice about her gesture of coming to Pakistan. So a bit of exaggeration with a larger perspective of goodwill & image-building can be justified. Furthermore I must say that in future as well if any showbiz personality from Lebanon like Diana Haddad, Nancy Ajram, Haifa Wehbe, Nawal Al Zoghbi or others would visit Pakistan. They would get a similar welcoming response, protocol & hospitality as was extended to May Hariri. I hope that in future more such people to people contacts & exchange of visits take place between Pakistan & Lebanon so that relations can be strengthened.
This was an emotional moment for a lot of Lebanese. Adel’s reaction was hilarious!
Three students Ramzi, Sam and Sahar were sent by their psychology teacher, Nour, to a Lebanese village, Ain AL Jen, to investigate a series of supernatural activities; Khalil, a man pretending that he can perform miracles, Em Emad, a mother who can see her dead son, a house haunted by Jinn, and a pregnant woman possessed by a Demon Child Killer called Al KRINEH. Faced by their own fears and dark secrets, will they be able to solve the mystery and return to their normal lives?
The trailer is not very appealing but I don’t recall ever seeing a Lebanese movie like that, so it’s worth a try. Insan Hayawan Shay2‘s release date is set to the 16th of January 2014.
Here are the last two Lebanese movies I watched and reviewed:
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is based on a short story by James Thurber. The movie is about Walter Mitty, an average man whose daydreams take him to a world of adventure, heroism and romance. Honestly, I had high hopes for this movie but I didn’t think it was that great. The story is nice, the plot is interesting, the views are breath-taking but the movie is slow-paced and a bit boring. Mitty’s character is quite interesting and you get attached to it but then I lost interest at some point and wanted the movie to just end. The end was nice and emotional even though it was predictable.
It’s definitely a feel-good movie and I don’t regret watching it, but I thought for some reason it would be much better than that. I do agree with Patrick though that the movie’s soundtrack is amazing!