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Film festivals thrive on young talent.The Lebanese Film Festival began to unwind Friday evening with a projection of Akram Zaatari's "Letter to a Refusing Pilot," the half-hour video that was the centerpiece of the artist's installation of the same name, the sole work of Lebanon's pavilion at the Venice Biennale.Screening out of competition, Zaatari's mature work served to underline how younger artists (most not yet 40) rule LFF's competition program. By the time the projections were done Saturday evening, it was evident that many of these filmmakers are preoccupied by subjects symptomatic of local production for the past decade and a half. That's just the films that use titular signposts."Honeymoon 58," Hady Zaccak's 15-minute documentary deploys the footage and still photos of public and family archives to juxtapose the memoires of a young woman whose 1958 honeymoon vacation around Europe corresponded to the first civil conflict in independent Lebanon's history.Finally, in a gesture of amusing if inadvertent symmetry, feature-length documentaries by women filmmakers about Soviet and post-Soviet Armenia anchored both of Saturday evening's programs.
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