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Running the gamut from animated films to "featurettes," the shorts are either thematically paired with one of the features or packaged in a shorts program – here screening on the last evening of the cycle.One of the SIC films that critics have termed "Dickensian," Slaboshpytskiy's feature follows the harrowing adventures of a teenage boy (Grigoriy Fesenko) as he arrives at a boarding school for deaf mutes.The SIC program's other features include a comic drama set amid the fiscal-cutback culture of the French health care system ("Hippocrate," Thomas Lilti's sophomore effort); a flight-from-Africa-to-Europe road movie (Boris Lojkine's debut feature "Hope"), which took SIC's SACD (Authors Society) Award; a coming-of-age economic-disparity picture ("Gente de bien," Franco Lolli's first film); and a not-heterosexual-or-middle-class coming-of-age drama (Sebastiano Riso's debut "Piu Buio di Mezzanotte").Those who attended Cannes this past May will note that some of the films from SIC's official selection will be absent from the Beirut edition.Noting that "FLA" is a production of the Franco-German television network Arte, Wehbe expressed hopes that the film might yet screen in Beirut during Metropolis' forthcoming Semaine d'Arte film cycle.
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