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West Beirut

1998

Running Time: 105 min

Director:
Ziad Doueiri

Screenplay:
Ziad Doueiri

Producers:
Rachid Bouchareb
Jean Bréhat

Director of Photography:
Ricardo Jacques Gale

Editor:
Dominique Marcombe

Co-Producer:
Bjørn Eivind Aarskog

Production Design:
Hamze Nasrallah

Sound:
Nicolas Cantin

Music:
Stewart Copeland


Cast

Rami Doueiri – Tarek
Mohamad Chamas – Omar
Rola Al Amin – May
Carmen Lebbos – Hala
Joseph Bou Nassar – Riad
Liliane Nemri – Nahida
Leïla Karam – Oum Walid
Hassan Farhat – Roadblock Militiaman
Mahmoud Mabsout – The Baker
Fadi Abou Khalil – Bakery Militiaman


Synopsis

1975, the civil war has recently begun in Beirut. Tarek, a high school student is thrilled by all the chaos and upheaval because he no longer needs to go to school. Plus, he finds negotiations between West and East Beirut interesting. Tarek is accompanied by his buddy Omar as the two shoot Super 8 films of the tumult around them. The jovial mood takes a tragic turn when Tarek’s parents start fighting over whether or not to flee Beirut.


Festivals and Awards

Directors’ fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival 1998 – Prix François Chalais
Toronto International Film Festival 1998 – FIPRESCI International Critics’ Award
Carthage Film Festival 1998 – Best First Film
Valladolid International Film Festival – Youth Jury Award
Fribourg International Film Festival – SAA Script Award