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West Beyrouth

Fortnight 1998, Feature film, 1 h 30


« This is an « extrovert » culture. Expressions of joy are never controlled, they explode. Grief is never silent, it spreads to others. » Beirut, April 13, 1975: first official day of the Lebanese Civil War. The passengers of a Pales-tinian bus are massacred by the militia in front of Tarek and Omar, two teenagers who live in West Beirut, the Muslim section of the city. The Christians control East Beirut and this geograph-ical division is the symbol of a country and people now torn apart. However, Tarek and Omar, determined to make the most of their youth to have fun, pretend to ignore the tragedy unfolding before their eyes. Especially as their school has shut down. Together with May, a young Christian girl, they nonchal-antly live through the first year of war, become aware of new sexual urges. But gradually, they are drawn into the spiralling violence…


Ziad Doueiri

Until 1983, he lives in Lebanon, while civil war. He went to San Diego to study cinema; he also studied in UCLA. He was first a camera operator. He now live both in France and in the USA. He worked with Quentin Tarantino, Roberto Rodriguez, for example. West Beyrouth is his first full length film.

Carmen Lebbos
Joseph Bou Nassar
Liliane Nemry
Mohamad Chamas
Rami Doueiri
Rola Al Amin

Ziad Doueiri

Ricardo Jacques Gale

Nicolas Cantin, Thierry Sabatier

Dominique Marcombe, Ulirke Lamb

Stewart Copeland

Set decoration
Hamzé Nasrallah

Production :
3 B Productions
70 rue d’Assas
75006 Paris, France
tél. : (33) 1 45 48 44 75
fax : (33) 1 45 49 17 85

la Sept/Arte
Douri Films (Liban)
Ciné Libre (Belgique)
Exposed Film Productions As (Norvège) 

Vente à l’’étranger :
Éric Lagesse
5 rue Richepanse
75008 Paris, France
tél. : (33) 1 42 96 02 20
fax : (33) 1 40 20 05 51

Distribution :
Tadrart Films
70 rue d’Assas
75006 Paris
tél. : 01 42 63 27 45
fax : 01 45 49 17 85


Prix François Chalais