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Mroue uttered that remark a little over 10 years ago, when her art house cinema project was new to Lebanon's film exhibition landscape.Metropolis Cinema had opened July 11, 2006, with a projection of Emmanuel Bourdieu's "Poison Friends," the grand prize winner of Cannes' 2006 Semaine Internationale de la Critique.Since most of the new cinema's audience was distracted – getting drunk in front of the television – many of those watching the Cannes films were displaced people, living on site.The 2006 war ruined Metropolis' otherwise auspicious opening, but the cinema didn't fail. Mroue's cinema is celebrating its tenth anniversary, whose centerpiece was the tenth reiteration of Cannes' SIC. The cinema has witnessed many changes since 2006 . Metropolis was originally modeled on French art house cinemas, with a program of films inaccessible in the multiplexes. While the cinema retains a rotating screening schedule, Metropolis has become a hub for events – whether full-blown festivals or film weeks and auteur retrospectives programmed in-house or externally. In the beginning, Mroue says, the cinema relied mostly on European funding.A third piece in the art house cinema puzzle is acquiring titles, an early challenge that inspired Metropolis to create MC Distribution.Today MC Distribution is responsible for part of Metropolis' programming and occasionally other Beirut cinemas.
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