Archive of films e muet / e muet

Lebanon / France
2013, 52 min

Section: A Week of Lebanese Cinema
Year: 2015

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.

Karel Och

About the director

Corine Shawi

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).


Abbout Productions
Renno Bldg., Gouraud St., 1st Floor, 9999, Beirut
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: A Week of Lebanese Cinema
Director: Corine Shawi
Screenplay: Corine Shawi
Dir. of Photography: Corine Shawi
Editor: Shaghig Arzoumanian, Halim Sabbagh
Producer: Corine Shawi, Myriam Sassine
Coproduction: Spectres Productions
Sales: Abbout Productions


Corine Shawi

Myriam Sassine

Film Institution Rep., Producer


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