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Like the country itself, cinema production in Lebanon has a relatively brief, somewhat obscure, history.The time capsule is "Ila Ayn?" (To Where?), the 1957 feature film debut of Georges Nasser (b. 1927) that – much to the director's astonishment – was picked up to premiere at that year's edition of the Cannes film festival.The restored print of "Ila Ayn?" is being projected at Metropolis Cinema-Sofil. Through Jan. 10, it's being delivered as a daily one-two punch with "A Certain Nasser". The film hopscotches forward in time to find Amal and the boys grown to young adults.As noted, "Ila Ayn?" was a pioneering effort and contemporary audiences will find other aspects of the film (production design, acting) look amusingly ad hoc. Arguably the best reason to watch the restored version of Nasser's film is the restored print itself.The restored "Ila Ayn?" is an interesting way to spend 90 minutes."Ila Ayn?" and "A Certain Nasser" are screening at Metropolis through Jan. 10 .
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