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BEIRUT: While on a road trip, two lovers cross a border: It is a useful and much revisited trope.In "Mondial 2010" (2014), this trope again demonstrated its narrative utility, winning Roy Dib the Teddy Award for Best Short Film at this February's Berlin International Film Festival.While the couple's banter – by turns jokey, irritated, affectionate and disturbed – dominates the film's soundscape, the landscape of place – generally exterior, occasionally interior – rules the frame.A yearly fixture on the city's cultural calendar, this screening cycle places six Ashkal Alwan-commissioned video works by young artists alongside four independent pieces by Lebanese artists, such as Dib, from the past year.Supplementing these voiceover professions are other free-standing visual motifs: sequences of Najib against a snow-covered mountainous landscape; heavily pixelated interior shots of an older man sitting or sleeping in a darkened room; an anonymous young man, one of Najib's film students.A gifted actor, Julia Kassar might have breathed life into her character if allowed to speak in Lebanese Arabic. As it is, she's weighed down by lines that would be difficult for anyone to inhabit on film.
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