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Cannes 2013

The 66th Cannes Film Festival is underway, with the usual trappings of red carpet glitz, film market pitching and negotiating and, this year, non-stop torrential rain. All the Hollywood stars are in town, but so are film industry professionals from all over the world.

For the 9th consecutive year, the Lebanese Pavilion at the International Village is a home away from home for actors, producers and directors looking to promote their projects.

The 35mm From Beirut team just got into Cannes for the annual film festival. After getting our accreditation, badges and setting up the Lebanese pavilion at the International Village, we headed out onto the Croisette where there was lots of randomness going on.

Lebanon’s presence at the Cannes Film Festival is now in its 9th consecutive year, thanks to the collaboration between the Lebanese Tourism Office in Paris and the Fondation Liban Cinema.

May 26, 2013 by 35mm from Beirut

On this page you can keep up with some of the Lebanese actors, directors and producers present at this year’s festival, working hard to get the Lebanese film industry the recognition it deserves.

Philippe Aractingi | Director

Philippe tells us the difference between writing fiction and documentary, and what drives him to make movies in Lebanon.

Serge taking us around the Cannes Film Festival 2013

The three pillars of the festival: watching the films, buying and selling films at the market, and building your network.

Serge Akl | Tourism Office of Lebanon

Serge Akl is Director of the Tourism Office of Lebanon in Paris, and the driving force behind 35mm from Beirut. He shares his thoughts on how the Lebanese pavilion helps directors and producers each year in Cannes, and how cinema can promote tourism in Lebanon.

Troma Entertainment

We got to talk to Troma Entertainment, the makers of Return To Nuke ‘Em High, premiering at Cannes this year. They’re promoting independent cinema and hoping it’ll reach the recognition it deserves along side big productions such as The Great Gatsby.

Darina Al Joundi | Film & Theater Actress

Darina shares her experience on how acting on stage compares to acting in front of a camera. She also talks to us about the importance of being insane.

Nasri, our correspondent,  walks around Cannes and Annoys People, maks his way into a Chinese TV interview, meeting the team from Nuke ‘Em High, getting rejected by leggy models, and pouting like he’s Cameron Diaz.
Souraya Baghdadi | Maroun Baghdadi Au Printemps Du Cinéma LibanaisWe spoke to Souraya Baghdadi at the Unifrance Pavillion, following a documentary screening and panel discussion honoring her late husband, arguably Lebanon’s most preeminent filmmaker, Maroun Baghdadi.
Sarah Taher & Gregory Rateau | Directors tell us about their experience co-directing the movie Ziad, their projects for a feature film and how Lebanese cinema should be inspired by life’s daily struggles rather than grand themes.
Gabriel Chamoun | Producer. This Lebanese film producer talks about finding distributors for his latest project, Ghadi, and tells us why he feels very positively about the Lebanese film industry.
Nasri, our correspondent at the Cannes Film Festival, likes to make a bit of an idiot of himself. Despite it’s bemused correspondent, 35mm From Beirut helps promote Lebanon through it’s film industry.

Jessica Mansour | Director.

Talking to up-and-coming Lebanese director Jessica Mansour about her film, “Melody in the Shadow”, being screened at the Short Film Corner.

We discussed why coming to the festival is useful, how she feels she fits into the Lebanese movie industry, and what can be done to improve Lebanese cinema.

Sarah Himadeh | Actress

We caught up with LA-based Lebanese actress Sarah Himadeh at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival, where she told us about the short movie she’s representing, and her auditions for network TV shows.

Speech of Hitler lambasting Roosevelt: As Germany declares war on the US on Dec. 11, 1941

Hitler knew that Roosevelt favored England, but the US President was unable to counter the 80% of the US public opinion, which was very reluctant of intervening in this war.

Roosevelt has agreed to lend Churchill on credit for military hardware purchases, foodstuff and raw materials, most of the 33 million tons of supplies that England needed every month, just to survive.

The US companies were exporting all kinds of products and rare raw materials to both sides, and accumulating huge profit.

In Nov. 23, 1941, Germany foreign minister Ribbentrop meet with Japan’s ambassador Oshima and told him:

“We know today for certain from the intransigence of the US, that the negotiations with Japan will end in failure.  If Japan decides to go to war against the USA, that option will be favorable to the Führer, and Germany will join Japan in declaring war on the US…”

Four weeks later, on Dec. 7, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and destroyed half the US naval fleet in Hawaii.

On Dec. 6, 1941, Roosevelt had written to Japan’s Emperor Hirohito:

“We, State leaders, have the sacred duty of restoring the traditional friendship between our two countries”

On the same day, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

The airplane carriers were not in sight of the Japanese planes and were saved from certain sinking. That was a fatal mistake that would turn the tide during the Midway sea battle.

A week later, Hitler declares war on the US and delivered this public speech:

“I accuse Roosevelt of crimes against international laws.

Roosevelt comes from a rich family and lived the privileged life that democratic States facilitate the existence of the rich classes, this class labeled the 10,000 ultra rich.

Roosevelt lived WWI in the shadow of his protector (President) Wilson, amid the sphere of the war profiteers and exploited the miseries of the poor classes riddled with soaring inflation and engaged in vast speculation deals

I was a simple soldier in WWI, and I got injured, and was released as poor as ever.

Roosevelt is intent on switching his policies from the internal public opinion demands to external affairs, aided by his Jewish cohort the Frankfurter, Baruch, Cohen and Morgenthau…”

Initially Germany’s policy was to keep the US neutral in the conflict. Germany was interested in Continental Europe, including Russia as its Vital Space.

On Feb. 1941, German foreign minister Ribbentrop had met again with Japan’s ambassador Oshima.

Ribbentrop tells Oshima that the Führer is considering to extend his vital space eastward, toward Russia, and that he accepts the risk of a war with Russia.

Ribbentrop insists that Japan should not give Roosevelt any excuse for the USA to enter the war: We are in the same boat with you, and the US produces more military hardware than all the belligerent forces engaged around the world…”

Hitler came to believe the view that Roosevelt is the main danger in the US and that the Jews in the White House were strongly influencing his foreign policies. Hitler said:

“The American have no future. The USA is a rotten country. The racial problems and the vast inequalities are rampant. The US inspires me with aversion and deep disgust. Half Jewish, and half niggers: This is the US society in a nutshell. How can a community founded on solely generating money and stand up among the nations?…”

It is to be noted that, when Germany declared war on the USA, it was already in deep trouble after occupying large swap of lands in Russia and facing serious counter-offensives from the Soviet armies, in this cold Russian winter…

Germany was fighting the two largest powers in the world at the same time.

If Germany coordinated its attack on Russia with Japan, the entire war scenario would have changed. Japan was already in Manchuria and occupied Korea and the coastal parts of China… But Hitler wanted all of Russia to belong solely to Germany!




May 2013

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