Beirut, the Encounter
Beirut, 1977. Zeina is about to leave the country. Haydar hasn’t been in the city for very long; he had to leave his village because of the civil war. The two haven’t seen each other in years, but a sense of longing has endured. We follow them for around 24 hours, past checkpoints, and ruins, stuck in traffic, waiting in vain in a café. Will they manage to see each other one last time? A film drenched in a tender, melancholy atmosphere inherent to the images of the damaged city and the characters’ soft voices.
Lebanon / Tunisia / Belgium
Borhane Alaouié, born in Lebanon in 1941, studied film directing. His numerous feature films and documentaries screened at major festivals. He died in September 2021.