Safar: Stray Bullet
£10 / £8 Concessions / £7 ICA Members
This politically charged family melodrama is set in a northern suburb of Beirut at the end of summer 1976, just as Lebanon’s long civil war is about to erupt. It follows bride-to-be Noha (played by Lebanese screen icon and director/star of Caramel, Nadine Labaki) in the run up to her wedding. Her family is relieved she is set to be a married woman and revel in arranging the last minute touches for the big day. To escape the pre-wedding frenzy, Noha sneaks off to the woods with her lover and discovers something devastating that changes her mind completely and forces her to take control of her own life. This sumptuously filmed melodrama won the Muhr Arab Award for Best Film at the 2010 Dubai International Film Festival.
Introduced by Tim Llewellyn, former BBC Middle East Correspondent (based in Beirut, 1975 - 1980).
Director: Georges Hachem, Lebanon, 2009, 75 mins, cert 12A
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