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Terra Incognita

Film still from TERRA INCOGNITA. On a street stands a woman smoking, behind her stands a man.

Mon 25.04.

  • Director

    Ghassan Salhab

  • Lebanon, France / 2002
    120 Min. / Digital file / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language

    Arabic, French

  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender
  • Ghassan Salhab in person, in conversation with Dr. Veronica Ferreri (ZMO)

Beirut in the beginning of the Millennium, a city many times destroyed, and re-built as often. A city in a constant state of construction and mutation. Terra Incognita reflects on the topography and history of Beirut as mirrored by the biographies of its inhabitants. While Soraya (Carole Abboud) takes tour groups to the sites of past civilizations which merge with those of recent wars, Leyla (Abla Khoury) wavers between heightened mysticism and atheism. The architect Nadim (Walid Sadek) is attempting to reinvent the city, but hardly ever leaves his apartment anymore. Tarek (Rabih Mroué) recently returned to Lebanon and is wondering why he bothered. Finally, the radio journalist Haïdar (Carlos Chahine) retreats into the role of observer. None of them dares to look back into the past, much less pursue projects for the future. (pf)

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