The Cinema Days of Beirut

Faithful to its tradition, the cultural organization Beirut DC is organizing the 6th edition of its Arab film festival The Cinema Days of Beirut (Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya). The festival opens on the 16th of September and rounds up its
activities on the 25th of September, 2010.

The Cinema Days of Beirut keeps up with the objective it has instigated 9 years ago to reinforce the cultural openness towards the Arab world as well as to open the doors for Arab filmmakers to gather, meet and exchange ideas. But the
festival is first and foremost a platform for young Lebanese and Arab filmmakers to present their films.

In its sixth edition, The Cinema Days of Beirut is presenting a selection of Arab and Lebanese films, most of which are shown for the first time to the Lebanese audience. Several of these films have been screened in acclaimed international festivals including the Cannes, Dubai, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals.

The Mountain, newest opus of Lebanese filmmaker Ghassan Salhab will have its world premiere during the festival while Every Day Is a Holiday, first feature film of Lebanese filmmaker Dima El Horr, will open the festival in its first
screening in Beirut. The film has participated to several festivals around the globe including Rome and Dubai.

Acclaimed filmmaker Olivier Assayas will attend the festival’s closing ceremony on the 25th of September with his film Carlos which has been partly shot in Beirut, in one of the pillar sections of the festival: A Foreign Look on the Arab
World. Several Lebanese actors have taken part in the production of the film. Assayas will talk about his film and his cinematographic experience in a special gathering during the festival in the presence of the press and the Lebanese public.

The Cinema Days of Beirut is proud to welcome the acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Michel Khleifi who will be presenting his first feature Fertile Memory and newest feature film Zindeeq. Other award-winning feature fictions include Harragas by Merzak Allouache, Inland by Tariq Teguia and Son of Babylon by Mohammad Al Daradji. Feature documentaries include How Bitter My Sweet by Mohamed Soueid, Fix Me by Raed Andoni, Waiting for Abu Zayd by Mohamad Ali Atassi which is screened for the first time in the Arab World after picking up prizes at the 2010 FID Marseille, and We Were Communists by Maher Abi Samrawhich is premiering at the 67th Venice Biennale.

Several parallel activities are scheduled including the screening of the film The Hunter in partnership with the World Cinema Fund of the Berlin Film Festival, represented by its project manager Mr. Vincenzo Bugno. A pitching session for seven Arab documentary projects that participated in the workshop The Two Sides of the Coin organized by Beirut DC, will take place with a jury composed of Lebanese, Arab and international producers.

The Cinema Days of Beirut is also keen on presenting films from the collective memory of the Arab cinema, and this is why it will have a section called Films from the Arab Cinema Heritage which will include the Algerian / Lebanese film Nahla by Algerian filmmaker Farouk Beloufa. The film will be screened for the first time in Lebanon after being completed in 1979, in the presence of the filmmaker, the crew and the two leading actresses Lina Tabbara and Yasmine Khlat, to whom the festival is dedicating a three-film retrospective.

The Cinema Days of Beirut is proud to be collaborating with several esteemed partners which have supported several of the above-mentioned films including the Dubai International Film Festival, the Marseille-based association
Aflam, Al Jana Association and the European cultural channel ARTE.
* The festival opens on the 16th of September and rounds up its activities on
the 25th. * Screenings daily at Metropolis Empire Sofil starting 6:00 PM.