Selim is the forgotten watchman of a defunct lighthouse. The better part of his time is spent watching, from his perch, the movements of passers-by on the Beirut corniche. One day whilst bored, he thinks he sees, between the crowds, the sea metamorphosed into a woman, coming to drag him to his death in her underwater kingdom.
Through an enchanting ride, the film describes the vertigo experienced by a man lost amidst ultra-modern skyscrapers, ruins of war, and Lebanon’s countless temples.
From the tragic tales told by sailors to lyrical epics telling of long voyages, the sea is an unending source of inspiration. Viewed from the ancient ruins that abound on its shores, one cannot help but think of those who stood there before us. The film will be the occasion to reawaken forgotten myths of the Mediterranean. It will at times also take the form of a musical comedy through the character of the intriguing siren. From the real emerges the strange, and from the strange, the extraordinary. As one of the story’s characters asks, forming the foundation of this story: ‘are we no longer capable of dreaming?’
The main character of the lighthouse watchman will be played by Jihad Darwish, a Lebanese storyteller:
The siren will be performed by Daline Jabbour, a singer specialized in traditional songs:
Discover her voice at the following link : http://dalinejabbour.com/listen.html
The musical score will be specially composed by Marcel Khalife, a Lebanese composer popular throughout the Arab world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WssHf81ZD2M
We have already made several films, which you can watch at the links below. We hope you enjoy them!
The Exhibition: Two lovers in an exhibition...
The Developer: Perhaps you were wondering what Japanese tourists might be doing in Paris?
Last year in Baghdad: The meeting of a G.I. and a young girl in Paris
The poster for our last documentary film on the recent urbanisation of Beirut. It is still being shown in festivals before being posted online...