The 27th European Film Festival in Lebanon will take place in Beirut and 9 other locations

Organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, in partnership with Metropolis Cinema Association and in cooperation with the Member States of the European Union, the European Film Festival will be held from November 4 to 16 in Beirut.

The European Film Festival will open on Friday 4 November with the French film Anette by Leos Carax, with Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver. Anette kicked off the Cannes Film Festival in 2021, where it won Best Director and Best Soundtrack. He then won multiple awards, including five French Césars in 2022, including Best Director, Best Original Music and Best Editing.

The opening night of the European Film Festival will be organized by ESA Business School and is by invitation only.

This 27th edition of the European Film Festival will take place in various venues in Beirut, including Cinema Montaigne, the Lebanese University – Faculty of Fine Arts and Galaxy Grand Cinemas. In order to promote and present European culture to the widest possible audience, the Festival is scheduled to recur in Jounieh (November 7-9), Saida (November 10-12), Tripoli (November 10-12), Kobayat (November 11 – November 12), Byblos (November 11-12), Hermel (November 11), Zahlé (November 14), Deir El Qamar (November 18) and Ayta Al Fokhar (November 18-20).

The program includes a wide variety of screenings and events:

  • 24 recent feature films from Europe, allowing the public to discover award-winning films, which have been screened at major international film festivals, as well as first or second productions from promising emerging directions;
  • 2 recent feature films broadcast exclusively in the regions;
  • 1 Cine-concert with live music played in 3 cities;
  • 1 classic feature film The conformist (directed by Bernardo Bertolucci) in tribute to the French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant;
  • 1 classic feature film The Splint (directed by Michelangelo Antonioni) in tribute to the Italian actress Monica Vitti;
  • 1 classic feature film Beauty and the Giants / Hasnaa’ wa Amalika (directed by Samir El Ghoussayni) in tribute to Lebanese actor and producer Chawki Matta;
  • 1 recent feature film See you Friday, Robinson (directed by Mitra Farahani) in tribute to Jean-Luc Godard to close the Festival;
  • 6 short films from the European Film Academy Short Film Tour, including the winner of the European Short Film Award 2021;
  • 12 short films produced by young emerging Lebanese filmmakers and competing to win prizes offered by Member States;
  • 10 animated shorts from Lebanon and Denmark in the special program “YAP x ANIMOK – Beirut Meets Viborg”;
  • 1 Cinematographic expression workshop: “Taabir”.

Among the feature films, the European Film Festival offers four films aimed at young audiences. The Festival will invite children from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds to these screenings.

At Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Ahmed, released in 1926, is considered the oldest animated feature film in cinema history. The Ciné-concert will be one of this year’s special events organized by the Festival, in collaboration with Metropolis Cinema and Irtijal. It will be presented in Beirut, and in the cities of Saida and Tripoli. The original music is composed and will be performed live by Lebanese musicians and electronic artists, including Anthony Sahyoun, Jad Atoui, Pascal Semerdjian and Fadi Tabbal.

True to its mission of supporting young Lebanese talent, the Festival will award three prizes to films participating in the Short Film Competition. The Festival will offer the winners the opportunity to attend a leading international film festival in Europe in 2023, thanks to the Goethe Institut Lebanon, the French Institute in Lebanon and the Polish Embassy in Lebanon.

Six participants aged 16 to 18 will also take part in the “Taabir” Cinematic Expression Workshop from November 4 to 6, to make short video diaries. Filmed in the immediate vicinity of the workshop and at home, the exercises will be led by filmmaker Corine Shawi and university professor Yara Nashawaty, who will encourage participants to identify and develop their own cinematic language.

The poster for this edition was designed by Lebanese illustrator and cartoonist Marilyn Mokbel, following a contest launched online. The artist pays a modest tribute to iconic Franco-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, through the use of the eye of his muse, Danish actress Anna Karina of the classic film Alphaville. The typography subtly references the credits of another classic Godard film, Pierrot le fou.

The Festival is delighted to present during its Closing Evening See you Friday, Robinson; a film by Mitra Farahani, bringing together two legends of the same generation, French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard and Iranian filmmaker and writer Ebrahim Golestan. The film premiered at the prestigious 2022 Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize in the Encounters section, and is co-produced by acclaimed Lebanese producer Georges Schoucair.

The European Film Festival is organized with the contribution of LBCI.

All festival screenings are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. To book tickets, go to metropoliscinema.net.

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