West Beirut


1h 45m 1998

Brief Synopsis

Tarek, a class clown, is kicked out of school by his teacher on April 13, 1975, just in time to see the killing of 30 bus passengers that marked the start of civil war in Beirut. Hanging out with his buddy Omar, Tarek is picked up by his mother and father who enjoy a great relationship together with

Film Details

Also Known As
West Beyrouth
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Centre National Du Cinema; Cinelibre; Douri Films; French Ministry Of Foreign Affairs; Pyramide Films; Rtbf
Distribution Company
COWBOY PICTURES/REMSTAR; Cowboy Pictures; Metrodome Distribution; New Yorker Films; SundanceTV

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Synopsis

Tarek, a class clown, is kicked out of school by his teacher on April 13, 1975, just in time to see the killing of 30 bus passengers that marked the start of civil war in Beirut. Hanging out with his buddy Omar, Tarek is picked up by his mother and father who enjoy a great relationship together with their son. His mom, Hala, is ready to leave the city but his father doesn't believe the current troubles will last. Tarek maintains a comic disposition as the war wears on and civilities between citizens begin to fade.

Film Details

Also Known As
West Beyrouth
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Centre National Du Cinema; Cinelibre; Douri Films; French Ministry Of Foreign Affairs; Pyramide Films; Rtbf
Distribution Company
COWBOY PICTURES/REMSTAR; Cowboy Pictures; Metrodome Distribution; New Yorker Films; SundanceTV

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of FIPRESCI prize at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival.

Winner of the Jury's First Film Award at the 1998 Carthage Film Festival of Arab and African Cinema.

Released in United States Summer September 3, 1999

Released in United States on Video March 17, 2001

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States October 1998

Released in United States November 1998

Released in United States 1999

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (out of competition) August 27 - September 7, 1998.

Shown at Carthage Film Festival of Arab and African Cinema in Carthage, Tunisia October 23-31, 1998.

Shown at London Film Festival November 5-19, 1998.

Shown at New Directors/New Films in New York City March 26 - April 11, 1999.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (main program) January 27 - February 7, 1999.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (New Directors Showcase) May 13 - June 6, 1999.

Feature directorial debut for Ziad Doureiri.

Composer Stewart Copeland, formerly of "The Police," lived in Lebanon for ten years after his father opened the CIA's bureau in Beirut.

Released in United States Summer September 3, 1999

Released in United States on Video March 17, 2001

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Carthage Film Festival of Arab and African Cinema in Carthage, Tunisia October 23-31, 1998.)

Released in United States November 1998 (Shown at London Film Festival November 5-19, 1998.)

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at New Directors/New Films in New York City March 26 - April 11, 1999.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (out of competition) August 27 - September 7, 1998.)

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (New Directors Showcase) May 13 - June 6, 1999.)

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (main program) January 27 - February 7, 1999.)