The sixth edition of the St.George Bank Lebanese Film Festival is back, and this year it’s bigger and better.
Since 2012, the Lebanese Film Festival has screened over 100 films from across the world, including a stew of films either filmed or based in Lebanon, or made by Lebanese filmmakers. Through its films, the festival offers insight into contemporary Lebanese culture and challenging perceptions of Lebanon, its people and traditions.
In 2017, the festival will run over four months from 25 August – 9 December. Highlights include Lebanon’s 22-year-old university film graduates showcasing their first short films, to Ila Ayn, a rare 1957 retrospective gem from the father of Lebanese cinema, Georges Nasser, who just celebrated the 60th anniversary of his film at Cannes this year, to Solitaire, and The Traveller.
Reflected heavily in this year’s film line-up are the many political, economic, social issues which have affected Lebanon in recent years.
The quality of short films remains fantastic. The Lebanon Factory collection of shorts has come straight from Cannes, and is a collection of four Lebanese short films, again reflecting Lebanon’s contemporary circumstances. In White gives insight into Lebanese cultural practices surrounding the loss of loved ones, whilst Muse humanises the Syrian refugee.
For the full line-up of this year’s films, visit www.lff.org.au/films.
SYDNEY – 25 August – 9 September 2017
NEWCASTLE – 7 October 2017
ADELAIDE – 21 October 2017
CANBERRA – 18 November 2017
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS – 9 December 2017
For ticket purchase and information, visit www.lff.org.au