Inspired by the director’s father’s experience of being trapped in #Greece’s Ellinikon Airport without a passport for nine days in 1977, "Tripoli Cancelled" directed by Naeem Mohaiemen follows a week in the life of a man who has been living in an airport for a decade, keeping himself sane through a daily routine of letters to his wife, #fantasies of flying an aging jumbo jet, and reading a precious copy of the children’s book ‘Watership Down’ – filmed in the same Ellinikon airport, abandoned since 2001 and recently a site for Syrian refugees.
Watch TRIPOLI CANCELLED in the presence of Vassilis Koukalani today at 6pm in the framework of #SharjahBiennial13: Tamawuj, Act II Films Screenings. Free entrance. (in English with Arabic subtitles)
Image credit: production still by Dimitris Parthimos for "Tripoli Cancelled" (dir: Naeem Mohaiemen, 2017).
The latest touring street theatre initiative of #ClownMeIn aims to raise awareness on Children's Rights in #Lebanon's underprivileged regions. I had a great time watching their performance this morning in Souq El Ahad. If you're around #Beirut tonight, they're performing at 7:30pm in Burj Hammoud (under the bridge facing Bachir Ice Cream shop). Follow @clownmein to keep up with their tour dates/venues!
11 February 2014. I'm attending my first #Berlinale and as every festival beginner, with your regular accreditation, and over 300 films to make up your day-to-day schedule, confusion and - sometimes - disappointment reign, specially if you're late to catch up the morning queue to get your daily film tickets. So on this day, I can't recall exactly what I had on my schedule but for the evening slot, I couldn't manage but get a ticket for some film called KRAFTIDIOTEN, directed by a certain Hans Petter Moland that was in the Official Competition. The screening was at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele (which I had never been to before at the time). I do absolutely no research about the film. I only look up the routes to reach the venue. To my luck, my colleague/flatmate @__majortom also tells me he got a ticket to some "weird sounding film" (aka #Kraftidioten). So we go together to the screening.
This ends up to be one of my favorite film screenings that I still remember to this day. The genuine laughs. The heartache. Worrying about "Nils" and if he'll ever make it. The astonishing icy landscapes. The slick "Count". The tears (from extreme laughter). The dialogues. I can't recommend it enough. After waiting for some 4 years, I am so thrilled to finally be able to present it @MetropolisCinema in #NorwegianFilmCycle this Tuesday 5 September. If you're in #Beirut, cancel all your plans and come discover it. You don't have the chance to watch such a fine, hilarious Norwegian film in LB that often. (PS1: There isn't that much serious violence. We got used to seeing much more disturbing scenes in the news. PS2: the film stars Stellan Skarsgård. Need I say more?) #NorwayinLebanon#NorwegianCinema#Norway#NorwegianFilms#blackcomedy#StellanSkarsgård#proudprogrammer#cinéma#icy#inorderofdisappearance#refroidis#mustwatch#favoritefilms#longposts#nostalgic#instafilm#lifestyle#movietickets#collection