Archive of films e muet / e muet
Lebanon / France
2013, 52 min
Section: A Week of Lebanese Cinema
A five-year documentary portrait of three young women in contemporary Beirut conveyed through words and expressions. An extremely intimate record of the search for the form and foundation of love.
The socio-politics of a film shot in a country like Lebanon are of necessity extremely important. All the more courageous, then, is the talented filmmaker’s decision to let the context of this country's turbulent past speak exclusively through the words and expressions of the three young women it follows over the course of five years as they search for the form and foundation of love and its influence on their lives. Extreme intimacy through the intense female bond, through the detailed shots of their faces. Far from creating a barrier, the camera functions as a channel through which the essence nourishing our human core flows back and forth. "I wanted to understand this primitive dance of seduction, savor the details of the complex relationships in order to learn about life. I hadn't lived like them, and I decided, in a way, to appropriate their stories," the director points out.
About the director
Corine Shawi (b. 1981, Beirut), director and teacher, shot her first hour-long documentary, Les femmes bonnes, between 2000 and 2006. Three short documentaries focus on the topics of body and gender identity (Daniela, 2006), family taboo (Oxygène, 2007), and the boundaries of friendship (Affinité, 2007). She has also shot Film of Welcome and Farewells (2009), Je t’aime infiniment (2010, screened at CPH:DOX), and e muet (2013, premiered at FID Marseille).
About the film
|Section:||A Week of Lebanese Cinema|
|Dir. of Photography:||Corine Shawi|
|Editor:||Shaghig Arzoumanian, Halim Sabbagh|
|Producer:||Corine Shawi, Myriam Sassine|