Beirut Hotel

Beirut Hotel (Beirut bel layl) was directed in 2011 by Lebanese film maker
Danielle Arbid.  Banned from viewing in Lebanon due to mentioning the Hariri assassination in the plot, the film tells the story of Zoha, a young Lebanese singer trying to break free of her ex-husband’s influence and Mathieu, a French lawyer suspected of being a spy. Over ten days, they experience an affair made up of fear and desire, intrigue and violence. The censors claimed that “the film’s depiction of the political situation would endanger Lebanon’s security.” Since the end of the fifteen-year-long war, in 1990, Lebanese officials have been promoting a dangerous amnesia to the country’s troubles. Artists, especially filmmakers, have been continuously trying to counter that amnesia by creating works that discuss, confront, and analyze Lebanon’s tempestuous past and present.

About Chiaroscuro
The Chiaroscuro International Film Series showcases international films to audiences in West Michigan. The annual film series brings an array of global subjects, in a relevant and themed format, to highlight the cultural, social and political differences around the world. The series is educational, entertaining and engaging, giving audiences the opportunity to learn about other countries through film showings and also through conversation with speakers who are knowledgeable of the subject matter, culture, and/or filmmaking process.


Date: March 10 2013
Time: 2:30 PM
Cost: Free

Directed By: Danielle Arbid
Run Time: 109 minutes
Origin: France | Sweden | Lebanon
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Year: 2011
Languages: French | English | Arabic (with English subtitles)

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