While in Beirut to attend a glamorous banquet, legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve (Potiche, Belle de Jour) insists on being taken to the southern regions of Lebanon in order to see first-hand the devastation caused by Israel’s month-long bombing campaign there in the summer of 2006.
Cleverly blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, directors Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas (A Perfect Day) create a mesmerizing, thought-provoking travelogue in which they appear as filmmakers capturing Deneuve’s road-trip on camera.
After visiting the crumbling ruins of ancient villages and watching as the shattered remnants of cities and towns are slowly pushed into the sea, Deneuve’s perception of Lebanon is transformed somewhat when she appears later that evening before the myriad photographers ardently capturing her image at the elegant evening gala.
DVD Special Features:
Language: Arabic & French | Subtitles: English
“There’s no denying that this is a single-note film, but it’s a note of considerable emotional clout.” —David Jenkins, Time Out
“Magnificent!…must not be missed. I could heap praises on it forever.” —Charles Mudede, The Stranger
“A fascinating little film in which Deneuve’s disorientation comes to stand for that distance we all feel in the West when forced to think about the reality behind the headlines and news reports.” —Jon Fortgang, Film4
“An unusual, personal film…defies description.” —Ted Fry, The Seattle Times
“A potent and intriguing cinema of ideas.” —Peter Bradshaw, Guardian (UK)
Typecast Releasing is pleased to announce that I Want to See, the new feature film from directors Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (A Perfect Day) will have its U.S. theatrical premiere at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum on Saturday, July 9th, where it will play daily through Thursday, July 14th. More info can be found here:
* July 9-14, 2011 . Seattle, WA at Northwest Film Forum