Jocelyne Saab Retrospective. Talk with Jocelyne Saab about IL ÉTAIT UNE FOIS BEYROUTH

Once Upon a Time in Beirut – Jocelyne Saab Retrospective

Jocelyne Saab in conversation with Wafa Ghermani (La Cinémathèque française) and Myrna Maakaron

15.4.2018 at the DFF cinema.

On April 30 2018, Lebanese artist Jocelyne Saab, a pioneer of female filmmaking in the Middle East and cinéma engagé, celebrated her 70th birthday. Together with the Filmkollektiv Frankfurt e.V., the DFF is taking this anniversary as an opportunity to dedicate its first comprehensive retrospective of the filmmaker in Germany.

Born in Beirut in 1948, Saab studied economics in Paris, her second place of residence. In the early 1970s she began her career as a journalist and war reporter, among others for French television, in almost all crisis areas of the time. This resulted in a large number of documentaries in which Saab soon developed a personal style that moved more and more towards essay films. In 1981 she was assistant director to Volker Schlöndorff for his Beirut film DIE FÄLSCHUNG (BRD/FR 1981). In 1985 she presented her feature film debut ADOLESCENTE, SUCRE D’AMOUR (LB/FR/CA 1985) at the Cannes Film Festival.

Saab is a passionate cineaste: in the early 1990s she initiated a project to rebuild the Lebanese film archive and directed the “Resistance Film Festival” in several Lebanese cities between 2012 and 2014.

Lebanon/France/Germany 1995
Director: Jocelyne Saab