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FFF: BEIRUT HOTEL
29/11/2011 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Director Danielle Arbid
Cast Darine Hamze, Charles Berling, Fadi Abi Samra,Rodney El Haddad, Colette Abboud-Scatton, Carole Ammoun, Jinane Dagher,Beatrice Harb, Sabine Sidawi Hamdan, Karl Sarafidis, Karim Saleh
I 2011 I 99mins I Int. Sales Films Distribution
She’s a young Lebanese singer (Darine Hamze) trying to break free from her ex-husband’s influence. He’s Mathieu (Charles Berling), a French lawyer on business,who despite himself is tracked down and suspected of spying. Over ten days, they experience an affair made up of fear and desire, intrigue and violence. Beirut Hotel is a romance on the edge, mirroring a country wavering between war and peace,where at any moment everything could be turned upside down… The lawyer is visited by Abbas (Fadi Abi Samra), an acquaintance who helped himout of a difficult situation three years earlier. Now Abbas needs Mathieu to return the favour. He’s got information on Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri’s assassination and wants to sell what he knows to the French government for a visa out. Mathieu finds himself followed by competing security services, one headed by the singer’s uncle. Arbid who was a French Film Festival guest for her previous film A Lost Man and developed the script as part of a CinéfondationWorkhsop at the Cannes Film Festival, is adept at portraying the game of loyalties and betrayals that’s become a feature of the country’s political and social landscape.
Danielle Arbid will present her film at the screenings in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Inverness Eden Court Sun 20 Nov 19:45
Glasgow Film Theatre Mon 28 Nov 18:00 + Q&A
Edinburgh Edinburgh Filmhouse Tue 29 Nov 20:30 + Q&A