XXIV European Film Festival – Tripoli

Thursday 22 February 2018 marked the beginning of the XXIV European Film Festival with the screening in Tripoli of the Italian movie “Moglie e Marito” (Husband and Wife) at the Cinè Planéte.  During the following days up until the 24 February other movies were screened in different locations around Tripoli, including the Institut Français and the Safadi Cultural Center. The other movies screened were the French movie “Patients”, the German movie “At Eye Level”, and for the younger, the animated film “Long Way North”.

Here there are some pictures of the opening event.

The crowd assisting the opening screening at Cine Planéte.

Speech delivered by Mr. Jose Louis Vinuesa Santamaria, Head of Economy and Local Development Section at the EU Delegation in Lebanon.

The movie poster.

Snapshots from the movie “Husband and Wife”.

The crowd at the Safadi Center.

Souvenir pictures with the students of the Lebanese University.

XXIV European Film Festival – 22-24 February 2018

Thursday 22 February will mark the beginning of the 2018 edition of the European Film Festival in Tripoli, that will start with the screening of the Italian movie “Husband and Wife” at the Cinema Planéte, City Complex Tripoli. FREE ENTRANCE.

The 24rd European Film Festival is organised by the Delegation of the European Union in collaboration with the embassies and cultural institutes of the European Union Member States, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture.


Moglie e marito / Husband and Wife – Italy
Thursday 22 February, 18h at Ciné Planète

Director : Simone Godano
Cast : Pierfrancesco Favino, Kasia Smutniak, Valerio Aprea, Gaetano Bruno, Paola Calliari, Francesca Agostini, Marta Gastini, Flavio Furno, Sebastian Dimulescu
Production : 2017
Running time : 100 min
Language : In Italian with English subtitles
Andrea and Sofia are married since ten years and are now on the verge of divorce. After a scientific experiment held by Andrea, however, their bodieshave irreversibly swapped, with no choice but to live each other’s.

Patients – France
Friday 23 February 18h at Ciné Planète

Director : Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir
Cast : Pablo Pauly, Moussa Mansaly, Franck Falise, Nailia Harzoune, Soufiane Guerrab, Rabah Naït Oufella, Côme Levin, Dominique Blanc
Production : 2016
Running time : 112 min
Language : In French with English subtitles
Washing, dressing oneself, walking, playing basketball, this is what Ben can no longer do when he arrives in a physical therapy centre after a serious accident. His new friends are tetraplegics, paraplegics, or suffer from cranial trauma. Together they will learn to be patient. They will resist, boast, argue, and seduce each other, but above all, they will find enough energy to learn how to live again.

Auf Augenhöhe / At Eye Level – Germany
Saturday 24 February, 11h at the Institut français

Director: Evi Goldbrunner, Joachim Dollhopf
Cast: Jordan Prentice, Ella Frey, Luis Vorbach, Marco Licht
Production: 2016
Running time: 99 min
Language: In German with French subtitles
Eleven-year-old Michi lives in a children’s home. One day, he finds his real dad, Tom, who happens to be a dwarf. When the kids find out, Michi’s life becomes hell and he flees. With nowhere to go, he moves in with Tom, who is new to this fatherhood thing, while Michi tries to hide his embarrassment and shame from his fellow school kids. This forces Tom to confront his handicap head on. As time passes, they discover they have a lot in common until their relationship is again suddenly put to the hard test.

Long Way North – France
Saturday 24 February, 11h at Centre culturel Safadi

Director : Rémi Chayé
With the voices of : Christa Théret, Peter Hudson, Féodor Atkine
Production : 2015
Running time : 81 min
Danish – French Coproduction
Language : In French with English subtitles
1882, Saint Petersburg. Sasha, a young Russian artistocrat, has always been fascinated by the adventerous life of her grandfather Olukine. A renowned explorer, he designed a magnificent artic ship, the Davai, but he hasn’t returned from his last expedition to conquer the North Pole. Sasha decides to set out for the Great North to follow her grandfather’s trail in order to find the famous ship.