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June, 13-22

The Metropolis Association in partnership with the Lebanese office of tourism in Paris and the BLC bank have the pleasure to present “The Most Beautiful Days of My Life”, the first edition of a Lebanese retrospective dedicated to productions of Lebanese cinema of the years sixties and seventies, which will be held from the 13th to the 22nd of June 2012 at Metropolis Empire Sofil.


Fifty years ago, the Lebanese cinema industry kept producing genre films: romances, dramas, thrillers, action films, B movies. The purpose of this retrospective is to offer to the audience these precious testimonies of a cinema of genre and of the city of Beirut since the sixties, by screening films that occupy a very important place in the collective memory of the Lebanese people.


Eleven films will be screened in the frame of this first edition, in the presence of some of the crew members and some of the actors who have marked this period. A special tribute will be made to the prince of Lebanese cinema Ihsan Sadek who will be present on the opening day; A special evening will be also dedicated to the Lebanese cinema and music icon Sabah. An exhibition of film posters from the collection of Mr. Abboudi Abou Jaoudé will be open to the public during the event.


This event promises a program rich in memories that will take you back or make you discover a period where economic development, cultural richness, freedom of expression and peaceful atmosphere prevailed.


The audience will have the opportunity to discover three films directed by Mohamed Salman, The Guitar of Love (1974), with Georgina Rizk and Omar Khorshid, A Bedouin in Paris (1966) with Samira Toufiq and Rushdi Abaza, and Welcome, Love (1970) with Dureed Laham and Sabah.


Two films by the director Henry Barakat will also be screened, The Melody of My Life (1975) with Mervat Amin and Farid Al Atrash, and The Most Beautiful Days of My Life (1974), with Najlaa Fathi and Hussein Fahmi.


Moreover, the audience will have the opportunity to discover other films like Interpol in Beirut (1966) by Constantin Costanov with Taroub and Riad Gholmieh, as well as Beirut Zero 11 (1967) by Antoine Rémi, with Sabah and Ihsan Sadek.


Two short documentaries will also be screened during this retrospective, Lebanon through Cinema (2003) by Hady Zaccak, and An Amateur (2011) by Habib Chams, followed by the film The Colossi by Hassib Chams.


Ticket: 5,000L.L. | Pass Festival: 40,000L.L. | Info: 01 20 40 80

All films are in Arabic without subtitles, except “The Black Jaguar” and “An Amateur” with English subtitles, and “Lebanon through Cinema” and “The Colossi” with French subtitles.