About.

Elektra (78 minutes, 2023) is set in the moody ruin of the Piccadilly Palace, Beirut’s extravagant movie theater destroyed after the Lebanese Civil War. The film recounts three days in the life of a writer and her four actresses. The women seek to revive the ghostly theater with an experimental production of Sophocles’ Elektra only to then be witness to visions of the writer herself.

Theme.

Beirut is an idea founded on libido of power. It is based on the ideology not of desire for love, but of lust. The film shows the psychological toll the withered city has taken on its people. Beginning with themes of deception, justice, and revenge in Sophocles’ play, the characters in the film undergo a total breakdown, becoming ghostly themselves in the horrid theater, symbolic of what is vanished in Lebanon.

The Piccadilly.

The Piccadilly Theater opened in Beirut in 1966 as a major venue for concerts, plays, and musicals. In 1970, the owners installed the largest cinema screen in the Middle East at the time. Because the theater was close to my house, underground, and safe from bombs and snipers, my mother thought it was fine for me as an adolescent to spend my days there watching movies. It was there that I fell in love with movies for the first time. During the 1982 Israeli invasion, Yasser Arafat sought refuge there for the same reasons I did as a child. The Piccadilly, now forgotten and in ruins, has come to represent Beirut, which was once full of hope and brilliance but is now decaying.

Technical Information.

Arabic w/English subtitles; digital color, aspect ratio 3:2, frame rate of 26.6667 fps; stereo audio.

Credits.

The Cast: Diamond Abou Aboud, Flavia Juska Bechara, Lisa Debs, Reina Jabbour, Manal Issa
Producers: Hisham Bizri & Mirna Shbaro
Director / Writer: Hisham Bizri
Director of Photography: Fouad Aoun
Assistant Camera / Gaffer: Samer Sardouk
Art Director: Ghina Sibaii
Editors: Hisham Bizri, Mirna Shbaro, Charbel Abi Semaan, Jad Dani Ali Hassan
E-Loader: Charbel Abi Semaan
Online Editor: Dikranouhi Kurkjian
Line Producer: Mirna Shbaro
Production Manager: Lara Abu Saifan
Sound Design: Raed Younan
Location Sound: Victor Bresse
Colorist: Chrystel Elias
Production Assistants: Yasmina Rizkallah & Saleh Suleiman
Soundtrack: Vincenzo Bellini, Al Bowly, Charlie Chaplin, Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Waxman
Graphics: Payman Khodabandhloo
Subtitles: Sara El Berjawi

Original Title, Year, Country of Production.

Elektra, 2023, Lebanon

Production Company.

Mimera Films | Hisham Bizri | Gipsstrasse 15, Apartment 7, 10119 Berlin, Germany | T: +49 (0) 15165036573 | E: [email protected]

Distribution mpany.

Front Row Film Entertainment. Al Garhoud Building 3rd Floor, Suite 301. Al Garhoud P.O.Box: 49714. Dubai, United Arab Emirates; T: +971 4 286 56 44; E: Eli Touma [email protected]

Trailer.

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Cast.

Diamond Abou Abboud
Flavia Beshara
Lisa Debs
Manal Issa
Reina Jabbour

Stills.