24/11/2014

Human Capital opens European Film Festival in Lebanon

Up to 41 European titles and Shady Abdesalam's The Mummy screen in Lebanon

Events and Festivals, Lebanon

Human Capital opens European Film Festival in Lebanon

Up to 41 recent European feature films two short films are to screen at the European Film Festival in Lebanon from November 26 to December, reports L’Orient Le Jour. The event is organised by the Delegation of the European Union in Lebanon, in collaboration with European embassies and cultural institutions, under the patronage of the ministry of culture.

Opening the festival is Italian director Paolo Virzi's Human Capital. The director earned no less than seven David di Donatello awards for the film in 2014.

Other European feature films showing include Swedish director Gabriela Pichier's Eat, Sleep, Die, Franco-Algerian director Yann Demange's ’71, Dane Tobias Lindholm's Hijacking, and Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Two Days, One Night.

For children, there will be Enrique Gato's Spanish animation film Tad, The Lost Explorer, Swedish director Martin Högdahi's The Ice Dragon and Franco-Belgian coproduction Mathias Maizieu and Stéphane Berla's Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds and refugees will be invited to attend.

The festival will also screen a restored version of the Egyptian director Shady Abdesalam's The Mummy. Made in 1969, it is considered to be one of the most important Arab films ever made. It will be accompanied by music composed and performed by Raëd Yassine and Sharif Sehnaoui.

For the fourteenth year, the festival will award the two best of 20 short films made by Lebanese film students. The winners will be invited to attend one of the big international short film festivals in Europe.

The festival will screen films in Saida (December 3-5), Nabatieh (December 4), Tyr (December 11), Tripoli (December 5-7), Jounieh (December 5-12) Zahle (December 8-10) and Deir el-Qamar (December 11-15).

To view the full programme, please click here.

Source: L’Orient Le Jour

Translation: Clementine Bogg-Hargroves

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