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The 53rd Semaine de la Critique of the Cannes Film Festival 2014


The Metropolis Association and the Institut français du Liban, are presenting for the eighth consecutive year the Rerun of the 53rd Semaine de la Critique of the Cannes Film Festival 2014, from the 30th of June to the 9th of July 2014 at the Metropolis Empire Sofil cinema, Achrafieh.

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Hania Mroue, Director of the Metropolis Association and Rémi Bonhomme, board member of the Metropolis Association and Programme manager of the Semaine de la Critique, will present 10 short films and 7 feature films, including a Shorts Program on Wednesday 9th of July 2014.

The Semaine de la Critique’s mission, since its very beginnings, has been to discover young emerging talents by shedding light on the first or second feature films of filmmakers from all around the globe.


I watched Yesterday two  movies, the first one “True Love Story” an animation by Gitanjali Rao, is a journey through the seductive, treacherous streets of Bombay… A painted ode to romance.

The second “RESPIRE” by Mélanie Laurent, is a 2014 French drama film based on the novel of the same name by Anne-Sophie Brasme.


Charlie (Josephine Japy) is a 17-year-old girl in her final year of school, who is immediately taken with the new girl in her class, Sarah (Lou de Laage), whose mother, an NGO worker in Nigeria, has sent her to France to graduate. They become firm friends, the wilder, more outgoing Sarah liberating the rather quieter Charlie, even going on holiday together. But during that holiday their relationship, to that point a halcyon blur of sudden conspiratorial fits of laughter, and holding each other’s hair back when vomiting, starts to take on a darker tinge, slowly becoming infected with jealousy and possessiveness. They grow wary of each other, Charlie confused and unsure of her feelings toward Sarah, and Sarah nursing secrets of her own, until eventually this wariness turns to all-out psychological warfare, waged by Sarah, and seemingly masochistically absorbed by Charlie.

The movies were deeply interesting, if you’re a movie addict and you like movies with a twist, you should watch any of the movies shown between the 30th of June to the 9th of July 2014. All screenings start at 8:30PM 


Outdoor Movie Cycle: Troubled Symphonies


After putting together the road-movie cycle Night Riders at the Gärten in Biel last summer, the Metropolis Association and the Gärten by Überhaus are presenting a new cycle for film lovers in open air. This second edition entitled Troubled Symphonies will present a cycle of music films that portray four different music sensations: rock legends Pink Floyd, British punk group the Sex Pistols, the Doors as well as internationally acclaimed techno DJ Paul Kalkbrenner.

Troubled Symphonies will be held between the 14th of June and the 12th of September 2014.
4 films are scheduled for this summer, one screening per month, projected on a 9mx4m screen with function one sound system. A full cinematic outdoor experience!

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The outdoor film cycle will open with Alan Parker’s musical film Pink Floyd- The Wall which won the BAFTA for Best Original Song.
A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone. Relationships, drug, abuse, sex, childhood, WWII and fascism combine in a disturbing mix of episodic live action and lyrical animation.

The second screening feature Gary Oldman in the role of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy directed by Alex Cox. The film is based on the true story of Sid Vicious, bass player for the legendary punk rock band “The Sex pistols” and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

Also scheduled is Berlin Calling by Hannes Stöhr about Berlin techno Dj and producer Martin Karow who tours clubs around the globe with his manager and girlfriend. On the eve of their largest album release he is admitted to a psychiatric clinic after overdosing at a gig.

This cycle will be closing with The Doors directed by Oliver Stone with Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan. A film that follows the story of the famous and influential 1960’s rock band and the rise and fall of its lead singer and composer Jim Morrison, from his days as UCLA student to his untimely death in Paris at age 27.

Movie News: Heritages – Mirath

After Bosta and Under the Bombs, Philippe Aractingi releases his 3rd feature film: Heritages 



On July 12, 2006, another war breaks out in Lebanon.

Director Philippe Aractingi sees himself having to leave his motherland, Lebanon, to settle elsewhere for the third time in his life. While he and his family are evacuated to France on-board a military ship, he realizes that his ancestors have also been fleeing from wars or massacres for five generations now. All of them have been exiled at least once. 

The idea for his new movie Heritages (Mirath) is born. Gripped by the burning desire to tell his own children the past that is “not to be told,” Philippe sets on a journey through History to understand and pass on its lessons. Here, his ancestors’ itinerary is confronted by that of Middle Eastern history: the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the French mandate, the creation of Israel, Pan-Arabism, the Lebanese civil war and beyond. 

His exploration leads him to the universal questions: Can one find peace in exile? Should we unshackle ourselves from our heritage (Mirath) to be free?

Philippe takes a radical turn in his film-making career, and experiments with a light-hearted and playful style where members of his family enact their ancestors’ lives as well as their personal ones.

Throughout the seven chapters of this “autobiographical novel,” Philippe organically interlaces directed scenes and archive images with video-filmed personal diaries, family photos and super 8 reels. We are slowly drawn into this family novel set in moving pictures, as Philippe explores a distant and familiar Levant, always linking History (Mirath) to an intimate diary.


I had the chance to watch it in the Press Premiere in ABC Achrafieh, and I was really touched by all the messages going through the movie.

I’m not gonna spoil the experience for you, and let you watch it! 

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