It’s been a busy year for the Lebanese film industry, with 11 feature length movies released in cinemas. Two of those movies were screened at the Palais Des Festivals in Cannes this week, Hady Zaccak’s Marcedes and Jean Claude Codsi’s A Man of Honor. But away from Cannes, there are great films being shown and we’ve selected four that we highly recommend.

Ok, Enough, Goodbye | طيب، خلص، يلا

Directed by Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia | Fiction | Running time: 93 min | Awards: Black pearl award for Best New Director from the Arab world – Abu Dhabi International Film Festival 2011

In the small, tightly knit city of Tripoli, Lebanon, where family bonds run very deep, a forty-something man still lives with his elderly mother and has given up on the idea of becoming independent. But when one day his mother suddenly leaves him, the man is left with nothing but the company of a city and what it offers.

 

 

 

Sector Zero | القطاع صفر

Directed by Nadim Mishlawi | Documentary | Running time: 70 min | Awards: First prize Muhr Arab Documentary – Dubai International Film Festival 2011
On the outskirts of Beirut, between the City’s port and its densely populated center, lies the notorious, now derelict, area of Karantina. Through an exploration of this neglected urban wasteland, Sector Zero examines the area’s peculiar history, using it as a metaphor for Lebanon’s own troubled past. Sector Zero is not so much a documentation as it is an investigation into the dark corners of modern Lebanon’s collective memory in an attempt to discover how much of who we are is based largely on that part of ourselves we have chosen to forget.
Now showing at Metropolis daily at 22:00.
 

The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni | اختفاءات سعاد حسني الثلاثة

Directed by Rania Stephan | Running time: 70 min | Documentary | Awards: Renaud Victor prize – Marseille International Film Festival 2011, and Best Arab Documentary filmmaker – Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2011

The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni is a rapturous elegy to a rich and versatile era of film production in Egypt which has lapsed today, through the work of one of its most revered actress and star: Soad Hosni, who from the early 1960 into the 90s, embodied the modern Arab woman in her complexity and paradoxes. Born in Cairo in 1943, Soad Hosni committed suicide in London in 2001. Between the ages of 19 to 49, she played in eighty-two feature films with thirty-seven directors. Inspired by her rags to riches story, she was given the nickname ‘The Cinderella of Arab cinema’; she was the daughter, sister, friend, fiancée, lover and wife to illustrious stars of Egyptian cinema when it was the chief purveyor of cinematic fiction in the Arab world.
Now showing at Metropolis daily at 15:00, 17:00, and 19:30.
 

 

My father is still a communist | أبي ما زال شيوعيا

Directed by Ahmad Ghossein | Running time: 32 min | Documentary
Mariam is the mother of 4 kids, her husband Rachid worked abroad for more than 10 years. From 1978 until 1988, Mariam’s way of corresponding with her husband was through sending recording radio cassettes with people traveling. The cassettes provide intimate and personal details of how a relationship evolve between a couple through the passing of time, and how this relationship start changing to become challenging. Mariam is trying to restore her memory while building her house, seeing the kids growing up in the absence of the father.
Now showing at Metropolis daily at 16:15, 19:15, and 21:45.
 

By 35mm From Beirut