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Beirut Hotel – Concorso internazionale

Danielle Arbid, director
“This film is based on the very simple feelings I have every time I go to Lebanon, a sort of permanent fear of war and paranoia. I am scared of everything, once I changed my hotel four times because of that! Moreover, I tried to show the paranoia that one person lives at the beginning of a love relationship, when one tries to discover the feelings of the other person, driven by urgency and passion. I simply put together these two dimensions in order to find a connection.”

“I wanted to shoot a film as close as possible to the reality of Lebanon: I did not invent anything. Darine Hamzé was great; in four months she had to learn to sing, to study Lebanese songs and cut a record.”

Darine Hamzé, actress
“For my character, I tried to identify myself with Lebanese women, the way they sing, dance and dress. Then, I imagined a dream-like love story and I based all the rest on my improvisation. This was the birth of the character of Zoha.”

Sabine Sidawi Hamdan, producer
“We had a lot of problems, because shooting in Lebanon is not easy. In spite of that, we were driven by passion and we insisted on the story we wanted to tell. We are quite used to work that way: the production of Danielle's movies is rather problematic at the beginning, but then they prove themselves successful.”

Fadi Abi Samra, actor
“It is the second time I work with Danielle and I have to say that I really like the atmosphere of her films, she is so good at creating a sort of mysterious environment that I love.”

 

Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intentii (Best Intentions) – Concorso internazionale

Adrian Sitaru, director
“I know that my film is pessimistic, but what can I do? This is life. Anyway, I tried to show the lighter part of this story which is pretty autobiographical. To be more precise, 90 percent of the events represented are part of my life. So, in order to tell this story, I only had to follow the events and characters. It was very therapeutic to me.”

“I wanted to show the observational point of view of the characters around Alex, making them interact with the camera. The objective was to put the audience inside their heads in order to achieve tension and reality.”

Adrian Silisteanu, cinematographer
“We tried to use the POV in a very natural way, for example to reproduce the movement of the eyes of the characters which are not fixed on a single part of the interlocutor's face all the time. Consequently, we had to achieve a balance between the natural movement of the person and a more cinematic way of shooting. About the first two shots, the ones we define “mystical”, we just tried to be as strange as possible.”

Ada Solomon, producer
“When do we become adults? This is not when we leave our parents' house or when we marry, but it is when we get the responsibility of our parents, as in this movie. That moment is crucial, and Alex has a big challenge to face.”

Bogdan Dumitrache, actor
“It was not easy to act in such long shots, it was not easy interact with the camera, it was not easy to imagine the position of Alex's eyes. But in the end, it was ok”.

Mattia Bertoldi, Boris Sollazzo

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