Friday 1 October
Cinema La Compagnia – Via Cavour, 50r
FOCUS “FILMING CATASTROPHE”
curated by Aflamuna
Earth-shattering events are relatively part of the course in Lebanon. They include war, political upheaval, and some social revolts. While the Lebanese focus on surface-level events that could rock the nation, few realize that below the ground we walk on, an actual shattering of the earth is mounting. Lebanon stands on several major fault lines, which are cracks in the earth’s crust. The film investigates the geological situation in Lebanon, trying to look for the traces of the imminent disaster.
UNTITLED (TO THE LEBANESE CITIZENS) by Ali Cherri
(Libano, 2006, 3’) v.o. arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
In the July War of 2006, while warships evacuated foreigners and dual-nationality Lebanese, the “State of Israel” intercepted The Voice of the People radio station broadcast to transmit an audio message to the Lebanese citizens.
FACES APPLAUDING ALONE di Ahmad Ghossein
(Libano, 2006, 7’) v.o. arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
What is the time gap between the remains and ruins? What did Ariel Amoil do hours after his safe return with his plane? When the faces lose their memories, the ghosts wake up again, and I lose my funeral.
MERELY A SMELL di Maher Abi Samra
(Libano, Francia, 2007, 10’) v.o. arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
Summer 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon. A boat comes ashore a besieged Beirut to evacuate foreigners from under the rubble of destroyed buildings relief-workers pull the dead bodies. Between light and darkness, life and extinction, the smell of death cloaks it all.
(POSTHUMOUS) di Ghassan Salhab
(Libano, 2007, 28’) v.o. arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
Shot some time after the Israeli attack that took place in the summer of 2006, (Posthume) is an essay haunted at once by the present absence of any fiction, and the omnipresence of the real.
MA’LOUL CELEBRATES ITS DESTRUCTION di Michel Khleifi
(Belgio, 1994, 30’) v.o. arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italianoMa’loul is a Palestinian village in Galilee. In 1948, it was destroyed by the Israeli armed forces, and its inhabitants were forced to flee either to Lebanon or neighboring Nazareth. Ever since, former Ma’loul residents are only allowed to visit it once a year, on the anniversary of the occupation. That is how a picnic on this day, on the site of the destroyed village, became a tradition.
WE ARE FROM THERE by Wissam Tanios (∗)
(Libano, 2020, 82’) v.o. Arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
Jamil and Milad are brothers with very different personalities. Jamil is a get-up-and-go carpenter, following in his father’s footsteps. Milad is a sensitive trumpeter and dreamer. As their home country, Syria, sinks further into war, Jamil emigrates first to Beirut and then makes an illegal journey to Sweden. Milad stays in Damascus, but eventually can’t take it any longer and decides to leave to Berlin. Their cousin Wissam records their journey for over five years, bringing back childhood memories, while questioning the true meaning of home.
IL PUNTO DELLE 19:30
Cinema La Compagnia – ingresso gratuito
L’IRAN AL TEMPO DI BIDEN
Presentazione dell’ultimo libro di Luciana Borsatti
Come si vive in Iran oggi? Quale effetto ha sortito sull’Iran l’elezione di Joe Biden a presidente degli Stati Uniti d’America? Con il suo ultimo libro edito da Castelvecchi, Luciana Borsatti, per tre decenni giornalista ANSA, ci guida attraverso gli avvenimenti iraniani (e non solo) più recenti. Modera Giuseppe Alizzi
HABOOB di Mahsa Samani
(Iran, 2021, 9’) no dialoghi / no dialogues
A man and his daughter are used to living in harmony and peace with nature, but some disruptions change their lovely little life.
HIT THE ROAD by Panah Panahi (∗)
(Iran, 2021, 93′) v.o.: persiano– sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
A chaotic, tender family is on a road trip across a rugged landscape, but to where? In the back seat, Dad has a broken leg, but is it really broken? Mom tries to laugh when she’s not holding back tears. The kid keeps exploding into choreographed car karaoke. All of them are fussing over the sick dog and getting on each others’ nerves. Only the mysterious older brother is quiet. This road movie and vibrant portrait of one family, where laughter mixes with tears and loud music, was a success in the Directors’ Fortnight section at this year’s festival in Cannes.