In a particularly difficult context for Lebanon, torn by an economic and political crisis and still stunned by the tragic events of August 4, the streaming platform Netflix launched Monday a collection of films called Made in Lebanon, to give "a glimpse of the struggles, hopes and dreams of the Lebanese".
Hors la vie, Maroun Baghdadi, 1991
With Hippolyte Girardot, Rafik Ali Ahmad
We could not offer you this list without quoting Maroun Baghdadi, the most international of Lebanese directors. He is present four times in the Netflix selection, notably for his work around the period of civil war. And precisely, “Hors la vie”, tells the story of a French photographer kidnapped in a war-torn Beirut, whose integrity and self-confidence will be shattered over time. Inspired by Roger Auque’s book A Hostage in Beirut, the film will be nominated for a César for Best Actor and will win the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Bosta (the bus), Philippe Aractingi, 2005
With Nadine Labaki, Rodney El Haddad
With Bosta, the Franco-Lebanese director proposes a musical road-movie that tells the story of seven old schoolmates, reunited after fifteen years of separation, with the aim of reforming their former dabke troupe and traveling through Lebanon to present a modern form of this traditional dance, inspired by the “techno” movement. They then embark on a refurbished old school bus, for a journey that will confront them with themselves and the multiple identities of the country. To the musical form and the light tone of the film, Philippe Aractingi opposes complicated themes, such as tolerance between religions, the relationship with the father, homosexuality or the position of women in Lebanese society.
Le Déjeuner, Lucien Bourjeily, 2017
Farah Shaer, Jenny Gebara
In this striking closed door, Lucien Bourjeily, who is one of the voices of social protest in Lebanon since the beginning of the crisis, dissects the Lebanese society under the pretext of a festive meal where the unsaid and the false pretenses of a Lebanese family end up exploding in the face of the spectator. A continuous flow of emotions, both personal and national, which has earned the film nominations in various festivals such as Boston, Dubai, and Fameck.