Thursday 4th of January 2018
TANGO OF YEARNING / تانجو الأمل by Mohamed Souei
Lebanon, 1998, 68 mins, Arabic with English Subtitles
Introduction by Ghada Sayegh, assistant professor in Film Studies at IESAV - USJ
Borrowing the film’s title from ‘Tango of Hope’, a classic ballad by Nour al-Huda, the filmmaker attempts to reconstruct the scattered traces of his many passions—love affairs, cinema, the city of Beirut—in the shadow of civil war.
Friday 5th of January 2018
Talk by Mohamed Soueid around his films and practice, upon the invitation of Ghada Sayegh in the framework of her course “Contemporary artistic practices” at IESAV - USJ.
The talk will be in English.
HOW BITTER MY SWEET / !بحبّك يا وحش by Mohamed Soueid
Lebanon / UAE, 2009, 90 mins, Arabic with English Subtitles
In the presence of the director
‘How Bitter My Sweet’ is a tale centered around six characters, four men and two women, from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Sudan living between Beirut and Sidon where they express their joys and sorrows as reflected in a shattered yet lyrical reality.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Mohamed Soueid moderated by Ghada Sayegh.
Sunday 7th of January 2018
BAALBECK / بعلبك by Mohamed Soueid, Ghassan Salhab and Akram Zaatari
Lebanon, 2001, 60 mins, Arabic with English Subtitles
In the presence of Ghassan Salhab
A reporter and a photographer on their way to cover a concert by the Syrian traditional singer Sabah Fakhri lose their way between Beirut and Baalbek. The same journey is retold three times. Each of the three trips gets hijacked by something ‘trivial’. ‘Baalbek’ is a triptych co-directed by Ghassan Salhab, Akram Zaatari and Mohamed Soueid.
Screening fee : 5,000 L.L.
Mohamed Soueid, born in 1959 in Beirut, is a filmmaker, producer, author and scriptwriter. He began his career in film criticism as columnist for the Lebanese daily As-Safir and for the weekly cultural supplement of An-Nahar newspaper. He worked in film projects as assistant director before directing his own documentaries and television projects. His feature documentaries include ‘My Heart Beats Only for Her’ (2008), ‘How Bitter My Sweet’ (2009), and the autobiographical trilogy ‘Tango of Yearning’ (1998), ‘Nightfall’ (2000) and ‘Civil War’ (2002).
Ghada Sayegh is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Scenic, Audiovisual and Cinematographic Studies, Saint-Joseph University, Beirut, where she teaches Contemporary artistic practices in Lebanon - Cinema and History - Cinema, archives and memory. Her research focuses primarily on cinema and contemporary art in Lebanon confronted with history.
Ghassan Salhab, born in Dakar, Senegal, is a writer and filmmaker currently residing in Beirut.
He has directed seven feature films: ‘Beyrouth Fantôme’ (1998); ‘Terra Incognita’ (2002); ‘The Last Man’ (2006); ‘1958’ (2009); ‘The Mountain’ (2011); ‘The Valley (2014); and ‘L’Encre de chine’ (2016).