Tshweesh TSHWEESH A film by Feyrouz SERHAL The football World Cup kicks off today and the people of Beirut are eager for the big awaited event. While life moves on normally in such a day, the signal of the first match seems to be disrupted by strange audio waves. The frustration in the air builds up giving way to a bigger live event.


Running time: 27 min.

Colour: Colour

Recording format: HD

Original language: Arabic

Production countries: Lebanon · Germany · Spain

Production: Fiction 2.0 (Germany) · Roummana (Lebanon) · Placeless Films (Lebanon) · Zeitun Films (Spain)

Year of producción: 2017

With Petra Serhal


Director and Scriptwriter: Feyrouz Serhal

Cinematographer: Bassem Fayad

Sound: Victor Bresse

Editor: Maria Malek

Art director: Roland Ascheid

Producers: Stefan Gieren · Felipe Lage Coro · Lara Abou Saifan


Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland)

Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand (France)

Beirut International Women Film Festival (Lebanon). Best Short Film

Short Waves Festival (Poland). Special Mention

IFVA Awards. Gold Award in Asian New Force Category

Beijing International Short Film Festival (China). Best Experimental Short Film Mirage Award

FIDBA Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Buenos Aires (Argentina). Best International Short Film

International Short Film Festival Cyprus. Special Mention

Festival de Cine de Alicante (Spain). Best short film

Busan Film Festival (South Korea)

Torino Film Festival (Italy)

Director's notes

Life moves nonstop and that’s what defines it, movement is what defines cinema as well.
Cinema like life moves and doesn’t end with the end credits of a film.

Lidia in Tshweesh walks in Beirut after she has walked in Milan in Antonioni’s La Notte in 1961, and as Lidia felt nostalgic in the old neighbourhood in Milan then, Lidia walks and fears for the old buildings in Beirut now. When Lidia looks up and sees the planes in the sky of Milan in 1961, she doesn’t know that many years in the future she will walk in Beirut and look up to see Israeli planes instead.

In Tshweesh I accompanied Lidia, both as a human being and as an artist, she lead me into myself and the people I grew up with, into the city that stood up and faced the most feared always.

Lidia walks in Beirut and we are on her track, together with her we bid farewell to an old house, to its collective memories to the sentiments and to a life that was once there.

From up the roofs we see Lidia down on the ground, a citizen in her city.
From up there cinema sneaks into a bustling Beirut, awaiting impatiently for the joys of the football World Cup.

Up there the solid cement is juxtaposed with ethereal skies, up there humans make the concrete soft and lively.
But the exuberant life will be deranged…
That disruption, that sound of the coming aggression renders the skies claustrophobic.
Frustration… tension…
The inevitable happens, again one more time.

But the city of my inspiration is forever resilient. Again and one more time it will stand up and watches another attack passes by and leaves forever.

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