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Beirut International Film Festival, “Somewhere“

10th edition of Beirut International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow Wednesday with Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere

Thursday’s screenings include Oscar winner, Tanovic’s “Cirkus Columbia”

The 10th edition of Beirut International Film Festival is to start on Wednesday October 6, 2010 at Unesco Palace where the screening of “Somewhere”, directed by Sofia Coppola, winner of the  Venice  Film Festival “Golden Lion”.

Coppola also is the director “Marie-Antoinette” in 2006 and “Lost in Translation” in 2004. Her new film “Somewhere” speaks of the radical changes Hollywood bad-boy Johnny Marco was forced to make to his life of excess upon receiving an unexpected visit from his 11-year old daughter. The cast includes Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monoghan and Benicio Del Toro.

The festival screenings kick off Thursday October 7 at “Sofil Metropolis” cinema. Eight screenings will take place simultaneously, as the first starts at 3 PM and the last at 10 PM; however, they do not include films participating in the Middle Eastern film/feature competition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Luca Guadagnino and Danis Tanovic, prominent guests of Beirut International Film Festival

Beirut -October 4th, 2010 – “Beirut International Film Festival” management said today that Italian film director Luca Guadagnino will attend the screening of his movie “Io sono l’Amore” (I am love) during the closing of the festivals’s 10th edition on October 13, 2010.
Beirut International Film FestivalThe management issued a statement, saying the most prominent guests of the festival, which is to be declared open this October 6, include Bosnian director of “Cirkus Columbia”, Danis Tanovic, a movie showcasing under the International Panorama category.
Several Arab directors attending the festival will compete under the Middle Eastern Feature Film Competition, like Tunisian director Moez Kamoun, director of “Late December” (Ekhir décembre) and Raja Amari, director of “Buried Secrets” (Dowaha).
The festival also hosts Belgian director of Moroccan origin Nabil Ben Yadir, director of “The Barons” (Les Barons), Ali Mostafa, director of UAE film “City of Life”, which featured also at the inauguration of the Gulf Film Festival last April in Dubai and winner of the Special Jury Award.
YanoosakIn addition to Iraqi-Kurdish Shawkat Amin Korki, director of “Kick off”, winner of many awards including the Best Film prize at the Gulf Film Festival. Swiss director Alexandre Monnier’s movie “Yanoosak“, co-directed with Lebanese director Elie Khalifé is competing in the same section.
The list of guests includes directors of films to be featured under Middle Eastern Short Film Competition category:  Saudi director Abdullah Al-Eyaf (“Aayyesh”), winner of the Best Short Film Award at the Gulf Film Festival hosted by Dubai last April and Saudi director Ahd Kamel (“The Shoemaker”), resident of the United States and winner of Gulf Film Festival Second Award, Short Feature Film category. Read the rest of this entry »

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Despicable Me spoofs

While watching the very entertaining Despicable Me, a lot of characters seemed familiar, and  looked like or acted like other ones. Here is the list of the déjà-vu(s) I had:

Mr. Perkins, the president of the Bank of Evil in Despicable Me (left) looks a lot like the Pointy-haired boss of Dilbert (right)

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The Lebanon I Dream Of, by Pierre Dawalibi

A documentary film about the wreck of a country that we made for ourselves

50 personalities describe how beautiful Lebanon is and how ugly we have made it going through pollution, corruption, traffic system, giving solutions among which the near elections out of which we can make a big change.

The movie ends with hope for a better future if the Lebanese youth overcome their ignorance and fear and lead the way themselves to a new civil country.

Watch the movie for free on www.thelebanonidreamof.com

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Watch Avatar 3D, in Circuit Empire theaters

One of the most expensive movies of all time is now officially one of the most successful at the box office as the science fiction epic grossed more than US$1 billion (AU$ 1.1 billion) worldwide.
Neytiri, princess of the Na'vi Omaticaya Clan

Neytiri, princess of the Na'vi Omaticaya Clan

Watch Avatar in 3D in Circuit Empire theaters in Beirut, Lebanon

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Le 16e Festival du Film Européen à Sofil

34 European films, in addition to shorts films done by Lebanese students, are screened during the 16th edition of the European Film Festival, which is held until the 6th of December.

16e Festival du Film Europeen

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Grendizer in Beirut

Poster of Grendizer, created by SamandalA Los Angeles Times article about the Beirut Animated film festival in Metropolis-Empire Sofil:

Grendizer is a unifying figure for an entire generation of Lebanese who grew up during the country’s bitter 15-year civil war. When Beirut was being torn to pieces by local warlords and their foreign-funded militias, the Grendizer cartoons were a welcome distraction for children who were more likely to miss school because of shelling than chicken pox.

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