Un cœur perdu et autres rêves de Beyrouth

Year2022 Duration36 min. Projection formatDCP ColourColour LanguageArabic DirectorMaya Abdul-Malak PhotographyClaire Mathon EditorAdrien Faucheux SoundTatiana El Dahdah FestivalsFestival Dei Popoli 2023, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2023, Festival Côte Court 2023, Festival International du Film Documentaire Cinéma du Réel 2023

Spanish premiere


Some boys jump, cats miaow, an old lady smokes, young people dance, the grave-digger sighs. These are the inhabitants of a ghost village: Beirut, that now only exists in dreams.

We hear voices. They speak of dreams. These are dreams full of war and death, dreams of desperation and rage, but also dreams that blur the border between the living and the dead. In one of them, a father dreams about his dead son. The father asks where to find him. The son answers: “I’m in the rocks where I submerged myself. I’m in the hearts of Fátima, Mariam and Katia. I am under your feet. I am everywhere”. That “I am everywhere” is, to a certain extent, the miracle of the film. There are faceless voices and voiceless faces. There are faces in the city’s walls, on posters. There are women and men, of all ages, who walk, dance, smoke, make juice, stare into the distance, come and go. They appear and disappear in the film, fleetingly. We slide from one to another, without realising, but each woman and each man seems briefly essential to us. In all of these people, men and women, in every corner of Beirut, in any gesture, this is what the father is really seeking in his dream, the thing which is not his son but, to a certain extent, is also him. Life and the city overflow into the film or rather more, the film is able to let itself overflow through the city, in little over half an hour, it invents a way of making us sense the infinite and precious aspect of their lives and their dreams.

Pablo García Canga

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
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With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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