OFFICIAL SELECTION / INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION   FIDMARSEILLE 2013

world premiere

   

E MUET
TWO

 

Corine SHAWI

 

 

LIBAN, FRANCE
2013
Colour
HD, DV
55’ (durée provisoire)

 Original version
Arabic, french, english
Subtitles
English
Image
Corine Shawi
Sound
Corine Shawi
Editing
Chaghig Arzoumanian,
Halim Sabbagh
Casting
Ghalas Charara, Nadine Ghanem, Nora Haakh, Johanne Issa, Corine Shawi, Rajwa Tohmé

Production
Produced by Myriam Sassine et Corine Shawi
Coproduced by Spectre Productions
In association with Abbout Productions
Distribution
Phantom

Filmography
– JE T’AIME INFINIMENT, 2010
– FILM OF WELCOME AND FAREWELLS, 2009
– OXYGEN, 2007
– AFFINITY, 2007
– LES FEMMES BONNES, 2006

Corine Shawi asks three young women in Beirut about their love lives. While one of them withdraws in almost sulky silence, the other two share the most divergent stories and views. Three people isn’t enough for the film to claim to be a sociological inquiry like Love Meetings (Comizi d’amore). But it is more than enough, within almost an hour, to start getting a good picture of them all. Or rather to hear them, because in this triple portrait, without any man around and almost without a context, from beginning to end, music is the only perceptible horizon. Maybe this is the secret challenge implied by the film’s enigmatic title, E muet (Silent E): to switch from the silent he (for men) or silent we (for all of us, together) to the singing them (for women). When questions about one’s love life or sex life are answered, even in the most straightforward way, by voices which manage to rise up and eventually sing, that’s a different project altogether. Because then, all that is said and seen makes up a mosaic of sequences, which are far from verist crudeness, but are instead loving, enchanted: operatic. (Jean-Pierre Rehm)

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