West Beyrouth

بيروت الغربيه
by Ziad Doueiri1h451997Lebanon
West Beyrouth

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In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line. Tarek is in high school, making Super 8 movies with his friend, Omar. At first the war is a lark: school has closed, the violence is fascinating, getting from West to East is a game. His mother wants to leave; his father refuses. Tarek spends time with May, a Christian, orphaned and living in his building. By accident, Tarek goes to an infamous brothel in the war-torn Olive Quarter, meeting its legendary madam, Oum Walid. He then takes Omar and May there using her underwear as a white flag for safe passage. Family tensions rise. As he comes of age, the war moves inexorably from adventure to tragedy.

Cast and crew
  • Credits

    • Production Compagny : 3B Productions, La Sept Arte
    • Distributor : LMC
    • Sound Recorder : Thierry Sabatier, Nicolas Cantin
    • Original Music : Stewart Copeland
    • Director : Ziad Doueiri
    • Scenario : Ziad Doueiri
    • Photo Director : Ricardo Jacques Gale
    • Set Decoration : Hamzé Nasrallah
    • Costume Design : Pierre Matard
    • Editing : Dominique Marcombe
  • Technical details

    • Printed format : 35 mm
    • Sound mix : Stéréo 2.0
    • Year of production : 1997
    • French release date : 12 août 1998
    • Category : Feature film
    • Color : Colors
    • Language : Arabic

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