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The 19th European Film Festival

The 19th European Film Festival will be held from 29 November to 9 December at Cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil, and below is the festival’s program.

  • Shadow Dancer
    Directed by James Marsh On Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 pm & On Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 pm
  • Montevideo, bog te video | Montevideo, Taste of a Dream
    Directed by Dragan Bjelogrlić On Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 pm & On Tuesday, December 4 at 5:00 pm
  • Small Crime
    Directed by Christos Georgiou On Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 pm & On Saturday, December 1st at 10:30 pm
  • Flickan | The Girl
    Directed by Fredrik Edfeldt On Friday, November 30 at 3:00 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 10:30 pm
  • Μπιλόμπα | Biloba
    Directed by Sofia Papachristou On Friday, November 30 at 5:30 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 10:30 pm
  • Prinsessa | Princess
    Directed by Arto Halonen On Friday, November 30 at 5:30 pm & On Saturday, December 4 at 10:30 pm
  • Cesare deve morire | Caesar Must Die
    Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani On Friday, November 30 at 8:00 pm & On Sunday, December 2 at 10:30 pm
  • Rundskop | Bullhead
    Directed by Michaël R. Roskam On Friday, November 30 at 8:00 pm & On Wednesday, December 5 at 10:30 pm
  • Gnade | Mercy
    Directed by Matthias Glasner On Friday, November 30 at 10:30 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 8:00 pm
  • A halálba táncoltatott leány | The Maiden Danced to Death
    Directed by Endre Hules On Friday, November 30 at 10:30 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 pm
  • Love.net
    Directed by Ilian Djevelekov On Saturday, December 1 at 3:00 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 10:30 pm
  • Le mulot menteur | The Mouse With a Mouth
    Directed by Marina Rosset, Sophie Roze, Andrea Kiss On Saturday, December 1 at 11:00 am
  • Jutro będzie lepiej | Tomorrow Will Be Better
    Directed by Dorota Kędzierzawska On Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 5:30 pm
  • Lóve | Love
    Directed by Jakub Kroner On Saturday, December 1 at 3:00 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 5:30 pm
  • Camille redouble | Camille Rewinds
    Directed by Noémie Lvovsky On Saturday, December 1 at 5:30 pm & On Tuesday, December 4 at 10:30 pm
  • Hævnen In a Better World
    Directed by Susanne Bier On Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 pm & On Wednesday, December 5 at 5:30 pm
  • Atmen | Breathing
    Directed by Karl Markovics On Saturday, December 1 at 10:30 pm & On Thursday, December 6 at 8:00 pm
  • L’Enfant d’en Haut | Sister
    Directed by Ursula Meier On Sunday, December 2 at 8:00 pm & On Wednesday, December 5 at 5:30 pm
  • Uwikłanie | Entanglement
    Directed by Jacek Bromski On Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 pm & On Thursday, December 6 at 5:30 pm
  • 18 comidas | 18 Meals
    Directed by Jorge Coira On Sunday, December 2 at 10:30 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 pm
  • Cykelmyggen og dansemyggen | A Tale of Two Mozzies
    Directed by Jannik Hastrup & Flemming Quist Møller On Friday, December 2 at 11:30 am
  • Na půdě aneb Kdo má dneska narozeniny? | In The Attic: Who Has a Birthday Today?
    Directed by Jiří Barta On Sunday, December 2 at 5:30 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 3:00 pm
  • Medalia de onoare | Medal of Honour
    Directed by Calin Peter Netzer On Sunday, December 2 at 8:00 pm & On Tuesday, December 4 at 5:30 pm
  • Üvegtigris 3 | Glass Tiger 3
    Directed by Péter Rudolf On Monday, December 3 at 5:30 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 3:00 pm
  • Glück | Bliss
    Directed by Doris Dörrie On Monday, December 3 at 10:00 pm & On Thursday, December 6 at 10:00 pm
  • Wuthering Heights
    Directed by Andrea Arnold On Monday, December 3 at 10:30 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 8:00 pm
  • En Familie | A Family
    Directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen On Monday, December 3 at 5:30 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 10:30 pm
  • Операция „Шменти Капели“ | Operation “Shmenti Kapeli”
    Directed by Ivan Mitov On Monday, December 3 at 8:00 pm & On Wednesday, December 5 at 10:30 pm
  • Omar m’a tuer | Omar Killed Me
    Directed by Roschdy Zem On Monday, December 3 at 10:30 pm
  • Pa negre | Black Bread
    Directed by Agustí Villaronga On Tuesday, December 4 at 8:00 pm & On Thursday, December 6 at 5:30 pm
  • The Angels’ Share
    Directed by Ken Loach On Tuesday, December 4 at 8:00 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 5:30 pm
  • Bröllopsfotografen | The Wedding Photographer
    Directed by Ulf Malmros On Wednesday, December 5 at 8:00 pm & On Saturday, December 8 at 3:00 pm
  • De rouille et d’os | Rust and Bone
    Directed by Jacques Audiard On Wednesay, December 5 at 8:00 pm & On Friday, December 7 at 22:30 pm
  • Reality
    Directed by Matteo Garrone On Thursday, December 6 at 8:00 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 10:30 pm
  • Le mur | The Wall
    Directed by Odette Makhlouf On Sunday, December 9 at 5:30 pm
  • Der ganz große traum | Lessons of a Dream
    Directed by Sebastian Grobler On Friday, December 7 at 5:30 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 pm
  • A perdre la raison | Our Children
    Directed by Joachim Lafosse On Friday, December 7 at 8:00 pm & On Sunday, December 9 at 5:30 pm
  • Les saveurs du palais | Haute Cuisine
    Directed by Christian Vincent On Saturday, December 8 at 8:00 pm
  • La chute de la maison Usher | The Fall of The House of Usher
    Directed by Jean Epstein On Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 pm

Tickets will be on sale for 4,000 L.L. For more information about the festival and the program you can check Metropolis Cinema’s website.

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Oppa Saida Style by Abou Talal

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Magnolia Bakery opening at ABC Dbayeh

I just learned Magnolia Bakery will be opening at ABC Dbayeh on Thursday December 6th. I actually first heard about Magnolia from friends who live abroad, and I know they’re pretty famous for their delicious cupcakes.

Magnolia first opened in New York and became famous for their dessert treats before expanding into other cities, and two years ago they opened their first non-US branch in Dubai.

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Jennifer Lopez wearing the Lebanese flag in Dubai

Jennifer Lopez wished Lebanon a happy independence day in her own way by wearing the Lebanese flag during her concert in Dubai last night. Our independence day celebrations for this year are now complete!

Photos via Paris & iKritik by Heba

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Joe Maalouf sues a Lebanese blogger

So much for calling his show “Enta Horr”! And I hope MTV Lebanon is aware of what this guy is doing!

After bashing Joe Maalouf for his show that caused pain, hardship and torture to 36 innocent Lebanese men, and suggesting rumors were floating that he might be a closeted gay man himself, the heroic freedom fighter with the show title “Enta Horr” (you are free) filed a lawsuit against this blog and several others. The legal proceedings went unbelievably fast (most definitely bribes + political corruption) and in a matter of days, we were being sought after by the Lebanese security apparatus (research-wise that is… who we are, what we do, etc.)

My favorite part was when someone representing him said “Joe Maalouf ma byontal” (Joe Maalouf is untouchable). That was when I felt disgust and pity to this hypocrite of a bigoted homophobe. He has a prime time show on TV that is supposed to protect individual rights, freedoms and freedom of expression. But, when folks express themselves freely, he does miracles to try and land them in jail.

You can check the whole story on Gino’s Blog.

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Beirut has 36th most expensive retail rent in the world

It isn’t surprising anymore to read about Beirut being ranked among the most expensive cities in the world.

The 2012 survey of the world’s most expensive retail rental locations by property consultants Cushman & Wakefield ranked Beirut as the 36th most expensive city among 62 cities worldwide, the second most expensive city among seven cities in the Middle East & Africa region, and the most expensive among five Arab cities. Source

It’s interesting though that the report lists the retail rent per location in Beirut compared to other places in the region.

The ABC Achrafieh ranked as the third most expensive location in the region at $2,000/month, followed by Kaslik Street in 10th place at $1,500/month, Verdun Street in 12th place at $1,400/month, the Beirut Central District in13th place at $1,200/month, and Hamra Street in 19th place at $850/month. (All figures are as at June 2012)

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Lebanese Army – You bring us peace

This video was made for the occasion of the 69th Independence Day.

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Watch TEDxBeirut live

TEDxBeirut is happening today at UNESCO, and it has an interesting line-up of speakers this year.

If you didn’t manage to buy ticket to attend but still want to watch the talks, the organizer will be livestraming everything on this link. For more about the speakers you can check here.

Photo via brofessional review

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Homophobic comments on Men El Ekhir

What’s the point of hosting a gay person in your show if you already know the other guest cannot handle him?

Check out the comments this guy got after Pierre Rabbat interviewed him about a silly video he posted on YouTube and went viral. The interview starts at 1h16m50s, and the video should automatically start playing at that mark.

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The valet parking mafia in Downtown Beirut

Check out this special report prepared by Rami El-Amine from Al-Jadeed about the valet parkers in Downtown Beirut and how they overpower the parking meter attendants in the area.

Those people take your car and park it anywhere in Downtown Beirut and they never mind the parking meter attendant since those usually never dare to fine a car with a valet parking ticket on it, and don’t ask why! And if a car ever got fined, the valet parker just throws away the fine and hand you the car as if nothing happened. But you of course end up paying it double time at the mecanique.

 

 

If this report is not enough reason for you to stop using the valet parking service then I don’t know what is, I know it’s impossible sometimes, but I personally always try to park my car by myself even if I had to walk for a few minutes to reach my destination.

The fourth part of this report is due tonight by the way.

Update:

Here’s the fourth and last part of the report.

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