One thing for sure, Lebanon always find a way to stand out. From food to music, most of what comes out of the Cedar country is quickly labeled as iconic, timeless and always consensually appreciated. And that applies to the silver screen industry too.
Lebanon can easily pride itself on the plethora of films they have produced through time and that have managed to stick with us since. In recent years, it’s the Beirut-born director and actress Nadine Labaki that’s been putting the focus on the Mediterranean state. But she’s not alone. Lebanon is home to a number of filmmakers who are behind a selection of films that quickly garnered cult status.
From the 1980s and beyond, here’s a list of some of our favourite Lebanese classics.
Set in a beauty salon in the middle of Beirut, five women question life through its deepest angles while many obstacles start getting in their way. Directed by Nadine Labaki, the drama touches on everything from love to friendship and happiness.
Terra Incognita (2002)
Taking place in the country’s majestic capital again, several individuals in their early somethings see their destinies collied which gives birth to some interesting yet insightful stories and events.
The Ring Seller (1964)
Directed by Youssef Chahine and starring the one and only Fayrouz. The movie tells the story of a small Lebanese town, it’s inhabitants and a mystic character known only as Rajeh. The township blames Rajeh for slightly less-than-savory mishaps that frequently occur. It perfectly portrays Arabic folklore juxtaposed with a Lebanese twist.
In the Battlefields (2003)
Released in 2003, In the Battlefields follows a young girl in early teen years through her relationship with her parents while the civil war of 1983 rages through Beirut and Lebanon.
Blind Intersections (2012)
Directed by Lara Saba, Blind Intersections was Lebanon’s entry at the 86th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The feature follows a group of people, that do not know each other, as their lives quickly change route for the worse.
The Kite (2003)
The Kite is what we like to call a fascinating movie. The plot is centered around a 15-year-old Druze girl who is forced to marry her cousin although she is in love with an Israeli soldier. It is also Randa Chahal Sabag as she sadly passed away in 2008.
Here comes the Rain (2010)
Here comes the Rain follows Ramez, a man who was captured during the civil war and released from prison afer 20 years of captivity. Lost in a society that has changed immensely, he comes across a young woman whose husband seems to have experienced a similar story as his.