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Lebanon had an unusually close encounter with Cannes earlier this year.It's rare, though, for these filmmakers to return home with a Palme d'Or in their carry-on. So it was a pleasant surprise to learn that the jury of Cannes' short film completion had awarded the contest's highest prize to "Moaj '98" (Waves '98), by Lebanon's Elly Dagher. It seems appropriate that a Palme d'Or-winning film about coming to terms with Beirut ought to be projected in Beirut.Written and directed by Dagher (b. 1985), "Waves '98" is a hybrid of animation, video and collage of still photos. For some years now Dagher has divided his time between Lebanon and Belgium and he was living in Europe when he began work on "Waves '98 ".Dagher wanted the film to represent the experience of a young person's stumbling upon unexpected enchantment with his own city, which he expresses using a visual motif."Waves '98" will be projected at Metropolis Cinema-Sofil Monday evening at 9 p.m. The film's minimal voiceover is in Arabic, with French subtitles.
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