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Cannes 2013: By 35mm from Beirut

Posted on: May 29, 2013

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.

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