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So it is that Lebanon's European Film Festival will open its 24th edition next week. For the ensuing 11 days, the event will project 29 feature-length titles that have emerged from EU member states in the past few years. Several of these have taken prizes from film festivals of various statures, including prestigious events like Cannes and the Berlinale.The festival will also pay tribute to two important figures from the history of cinema who died last year. Civil war drama "Taif al-Madina," 2000, the sole feature of Lebanese director Jean Chamoun, will be projected. A jury will select two winning films.As in past years, festival programmers mingle prize-winning titles with early works by younger EU filmmakers, including two works by countries still outside the European Union – the EFF program carefully lists any festival bling each film's accrued since its release."The Square," whose prizes include Cannes' 2017 Palme d'Or.
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