ONCE UPON A TIME IN BEIRUT /1995 / JOCELYN SAAB / ZIZO / 9 DEC, 7 PM


Saab’s body-of-work reimagines Beirut the city as a character, material and decaying, struggling to remain alive; she has her own history, her own myths, her own fantasies, and like everyone else who has ever lived, her life is nothing but a continuous resistance against oblivion. In Saab’s later What’s Going On (2009), the city (a girl, a metaphor for Beirut itself) performs her final dance around the ancient streets and terraces of Beirut, even as her lover struggles to preserve her memory in the pages of a book, therefore making her permanent and eternal, an object of history; in Once Upon a Time in Beirut, the old film-collector performs the same function. He saves the images of Beirut from the siege of a future that threatens to overrun it with great cruelty and callousness – it is nothing but a love story, and like all of Saab’s work, whether in photography or film, looks at Beirut through the eyes of a poet, hopeful but driven mad by one’s own romance and nostalgia. - Martin Brodsky

104 mins, Colour / BW, Film

08. December 2014 by admin
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