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I am developing a particular liking to the fact that not a week passes by, when there isn’t one or two twitter related events. Twiendships are formed on the basis of like-mindedness, and geographical coexistnce allows for the next step! I hope to see one day the extend twiendship goes as being a support system, but so far we’re having a great time, aren’t we?
Well this time we met over at Cafe Younes.
Then a small fraction of us went on to Pecha Kucha.
This is LaraZ taking her picture of the day! [that is how magic is born]
And let me tell you something, well you already know that, but I’m gonna say it anyhow – Maya in the comics is really Maya! I do not know how she does her magic, she has tremendous introspection to convey every bit of her, including her mimics ( yes really the body language of Maya the cartoon is Maya’s), onto her character. It startled me a lot this time around… it really startled me and I developed a new found fascination! So she’s really a communication artist!
Well anyway, here’s Maya’s take on all of this:)
As is the case with most events in Lebanon, the Awards ceremony of the BIFF 09 started 40 minutes fashionably later than the time imprint on the tickets. And I would have expected the ceremony, as a whole, to have been at least a bit more organized… after the first 15 minutes everybody was laughing their heads off at the lack of coordination between the presenters.
At times, while watching the movie you’d forget that it’s not a documentary, the shooting is very live! Plus I loved the colors, the styling , and the fact that all the actors have fresh new faces, all of which makes it even more believable.
What is interesting about the movie is that though it focuses on controversies such as sex, trans-sexuality, homosexuality and drugs it neither condemns nor encourages any, perfectly in line with the hippie life philosophy of “peace”.
As with any good meal, the movie ends making you craving for just a bit more, and that is art my dears!
Oh and have I mentioned the UNBELIEVABLE laughs?! The trailer doesn’t do it justice, BTW.
Also we were lucky enough to visit the Hasbayya Mouneh mini-exhibition , held at the Unesco palace. You can still go and visit it today!
This year’s edition of the Beirut Film Festival promises grandeur with Francis Ford Coppola flying in for the opening ceremony and the special screening of Tetro on October the 7th, as well as many other international guests. Which unfortunately I’ll have to miss to an even grander event 😀
According to the organizers, tickets will be sold in Empire Sofile for the screening sessions & the opening and closing ceremonies, starting October 3. The Opening & Closing ceremonies will be held at Unesco Palace, with the rest of the festival being screened in Empire Sofil. You can also call 01 32 88 06 , or visit or Beirut Film Foundation website for more info.
The film Festival Program.
BTW @toniyammine is the composer of the Film Festival’s theme.
Are you coming?
* I definiteley want to watch Taking Woodstock.
You may have heard of BETA recently, in the buzz pertaining to the starved Lion Rescue in Lebanon.
Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ( BETA) whose mission is to ensure that one day all the animals in Lebanon will get the chance to live the life they deserve because it is their plant too… Through education and direct action, BETA rescues stray and abused animals, while combating abusive pet shops and the illegal trade in wildlife.
Well now you’ve actually got a chance to enjoy yourself and help their cause at Beta’s Annual Gala Dinner. All Details Below.