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BerlinBeirut

DIR: Myrna Maakaron
2003 / Germany, Lebanon / 23 min

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Berlin and Beirut were occupied, destructed, divided, reconstructed and today people still say "East and West" in both cities.

Through the whole film Berlin and Beirut become one city. One space.

A space where you feel the weight of the past and the lightness of life sharing with Myrna her stories, adventures and memories.

About

Director Myrna Maakaron
Screenplay Myrna Maakaron
Dir. of Photography Jutta Tränkle
Editing Simone Klier, Vincent Chmiel
Music Frank Maakaron, Mickey Meinert
Sound Frank Maakaron
Duration 23 min
Year 2003
Country Germany, Lebanon
Colour Colour
Tags cities, filmic diary, memory, private
Production
Distribution KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg e. V.
KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg e. V.
Address:  Friedensallee 7
City:  Hamburg
Country:  Germany
Web:  www.shortfilm.com/
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Festivals

Hamburg International short film ...

Hamburg International short film Festival, Germany - June 2004 (in competition)

Filmfest Emden, Germany - June 2004

7eme Biennale du cinema arabe - Institut du monde arabe- Paris (in competition)

Openeyes filmfest Marburg, Germany - July 2004

Durban Film Festival, South Africa, June 2004

Avanca 2004, Portugal, premiere 21 to 25 July 2004 (in competition)

Filmfest Osnabrück, Germany, 6 to 10 October 2004 (in competition)

Bunter Hund, Internationales Kurzfilmfest Munich, Germany, October (in competition)

Journees Cinematographiques de Carthage, Tunis, 1 to 9 October (in competition)

Leipzig dokfestival, Germany, 19 to 24 October (in competition)

Kunstfilmbiennale 25 of October, Cologne, Germany (in competition)

Sphinx Production- Arab cinema Amsterdam – First Edition, October 2004

AMAL II - Foundation Araguaney - Cinema Arab Spain, October 2004

Aarhus film festival, Denmark, 27 to 31 October (in competition)

Docudays, Lebanon, 1 to 10 November, with an Official Premiere organised by the Goethe Institute Beirut. (In competition)

Oldenburg ZwerKwerg, Germany, 19 to21 November 2004

Viper Basel, Switzerland, 18 to 22 November 2004 (in competition)

Kassel Dokfilmfestival, Germany, November 2004 (in Competition)

Fike 2004, Evora International Short Film Festival, Portugal, November (in competition)

Sienna Short Film Festival, Italy, 19 to 27 November 2004 (in competition)

Dubai International film festival, U.A.E, 6 to 10 December 2004

Sguardi Altrove Film Festival Milano, Italy, February 2005

Bayreuhter FilmFest Kontrast January 2005

Arabisches Filmfestival, „Der Orient zu Gast in Tübingen“, January 2005

Kurzfilmwochenendes Augsburg, 2005

Turkey/Deutschland nürnberg, March 2005

Jugend und Dokumentarfilmfestival, Reutlingen 2005

Awards

The first Berlin Today ...

The first Berlin Today Award, Germany

Jury’s special mention at the Hamburg short film festival, Germany

Jury’s special mention at the 7ème biennale du cinéma Arabe à Paris, (IMA), France

Best Short Film Video at the Journée Cinématographique de Carthage, Tunisia

Best German Documentary at the Leipzig Documentary and Animation film festival, Germany. Price donated by the Discovery Channel Germany

Best Documentary at Evora International Short Film Festival- Fike 2004, Portugal

The Best Price at the Kontrast Short Film Festival 2005, in Bayreuth, Germany

Articles About the Film (1)

Why Berlin and Beirut?

Berlin and Beirut have many things in common: they were occupied, destructed, divided, reconstructed and today, people still say “East and West”.

When you walk in Berlin and in Beirut everything talks to you and seduces you. One of their common charms also, is Contrast: Berlin and Beirut are beautiful and ugly, strong and weak, proud and broken.

I have lived all my life in Beirut. I was only one time in Berlin during the Berlinale 2003. The fact of being far away from home pushes me often to look for parts and faces of my Beirut. During this week, my eyes were going from one place to another trying to catch every little detail of the city. Something was touching my heart: Parts of Beirut were in Berlin. Many places, corners, buildings, walls looked similar in both cities. I felt the warmth of Beirut in Berlin. I felt the spirit of Beirut in Berlin. I was falling in love with Berlin.

The main idea is to share with you the emotions I feel in both cities. Through the film many elements from Berlin brings me back to Beirut. You hear me talking. I tell stories and memories. I live different adventures and situations. I melt with the Berliners and Beirutis. I walk in a street in Berlin, turn around a corner and continue walking in Beirut. I get on a taxi in Beirut and later I step of it in Berlin. Berlin and Beirut become one city.

Myrna Maakaron


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