The Metropolis Association, in partnership with the Embassy of Denmark in Lebanon and the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, have the pleasure to present the second edition of the Metropolis Youth Film Festival – MY Film Fest – that will be held between 23 and 26 February 2017 at the Metropolis Empire Sofil Cinema, in Ashrafieh. This festival is organized within the framework of the Danish-Lebanese film initiative “Mahattat – Cinema on the road”, which is running for the second year in a row in partnership with the Embassy of Denmark in Lebanon and the Danish Film Institute.
Metropolis Youth Film Festival 2017 will open on Thursday 23 February with the Oscar-nominated feature animation film from Switzerland “Ma vie de courgette / My Life as a Zucchini”, directed by Claude Barras. The film first premiered at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2017 where it was nominated for the Golden Camera Award, and has won several notable awards such as Audience Award and Cristal Award for Best Feature at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2016, European Film Award for European Animated Feature Film 2016, and is currently nominated for 3 César Awards (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Music, Best Animated Film), as well as an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. This film screening is made possible with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon.
The closing of the festival will be held on Sunday 26 February with the film “American Honey”, winner of the Cannes Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2016, directed by Andrea Arnold. This film screening is made possible with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.
The festival’s film selection, which suits all age categories starting 5 years old until 18 years old and above, will include 3 programmes of short films suitable for youngsters (most of the films are with no dialogue or dubbed to Arabic).
Running in parallel to the film screenings, two free of charge workshops will be organized:
1) MY Puppet Making Workshop: a workshop introducing youngsters to the world of crafting puppets (Open for ages 8-11)
2) MY Filmmaking Workshop: an introductory workshop giving participants an overview of the production process and some hands-on experience on key positions that make a film possible (Open for ages 12-18)
Tickets for the Metropolis Youth Film Festival – 2nd edition will be available for purchase at the cinema starting 13 February 2017.
The calls to register for the workshops are open until 18 February 2017.
Participation in the workshops is free of charge. Application form can be found here.
Thursday 23 February 2017 (Opening)
8:00 pm – Ma vie de courgette by Claude Barras (CH, FR, 66’, in French with English subtitles)
Friday 24 February 2017
8:00 pm – Tschick by Fatih Akin (DE, 93’, in German with English subtitles)
Saturday 25 February 2017
11:00 am – Short Films Programme (BR, LB, 40’, no dialogue)
11:45 am – Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin (US, 83’, in English)
4:00 pm – Short Films Programme (BR, LB, 40’, no dialogue)
6:00 pm – The Fits by Anna Rose Holmer (US, 72’, in English with English subtitles)
8:00 pm – The Eagle Huntress by Otto Bell (UK, MN, US, 87’, in Kazakh and English with English subtitles)
Sunday 26 February 2017
11:00 am – La Chouette, entre veille et sommeil (FR, 40’, in French)
11:45 am – Danish Shorts Dubbed to Arabic (DK, 43’)
4:00 pm – Ma vie de courgette by Claude Barras (CH, FR, 66’, in French with English subtitles)
6:00 pm – A Story of Children and Film by Mark Cousins (UK, 106’, majority English with English subtitles)
8:00 pm – American Honey by Andrea Arnold (US, UK, 163’, in English with Arabic subtitles)
Friday 24 February 2017 at 8pm
Two young teenage boys steal a car and embark on a road trip that will probably change their lives.Read more
Anna Rose Holmer
Saturday 25 February 2017 at 6pm
A psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni—a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End.Read more
Saturday 25 February 2017 at 8pm
Aisholpan is a 13-year-old girl, training to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and thus rising to theRead more
Saturday 25 February 2017 at 11:45am
Charlie is a worker at an enormous factory. His task consists of tightening screws.Read more
Director: Graciliano Camargo
Brazil / 2012 / 12 min / No dialogue
In a desert, a woman is in trouble, and only One Man can save her! One Man, the super seRead more
Short Films Programme | Saturday 25 February at 11am and 4pm
Lilou est sensible et curieuse, mais aussi paralysée par une timidité insoutenable.
Sunday 26 February 2017 at 8pm
Star, a teenage girl from a troubled home runs away with a traveling sales crew that drives across the American mid-west selling Magazine subscriptions doorRead more
Sunday 26 February 2017 at 6pm
The world’s first movie about kids in global cinema.Read more
Thursday 23 February 2017 (Opening) at 8pm / Sunday 26 February 2017 at 4pm
Courgette is no wallflower, he’s a valiant little boy. When he loses his mother, he is sure he is alone in the world.Read more
Compte les moutons
Director: Frits Standaert
7 min / In French
Un petit garçon n’arrive pas à s’endormir.Read more
Director: Tone Tarding
Deux poussins vivent dans une forêt pleine de surprises et de petites créatures merveilleuses.Read more