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Panorama - Against the Grain

Octopus Karim Kassem

Octopus plunges us into life in Beirut, a city trying to heal after the devastating 2020 port explosion. As the camera slowly moves across the ruins, we observe the weight of the tragedy reflected on the empty faces gazing out into the void. This atmospheric feature, with a brilliant yet haunting sound design, paints a complex portrait of a nation silently questioning the violence emanating from this event. While the city slowly rises above the ashes and tends to its wounds, the state remains absent. Kassem’s film is a profound tribute to the streets of Beirut and to the humanity of its people.
— Editorial Team

Presented in collaboration with Ciel variable

Octopus

  • Country : Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
  • Year : 2021
  • V.O : Arabic
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 64 MIN
  • Cinematography : Karim Kassem
  • Editing : Alex Bakri
  • Production : Moustafa Kassem
  • Production : Karim Kassem
  • Music : Sugam Khetan
  • Sound Design : Jack Akiki
Filmography of Karim Kassem :

Magda (2017)
The Awakening (2017)
Mr. Wool (2018)
Only The Winds (2020)
Thiiird (2022)

The film’s journey :

IDFA | World Premiere, Best Film : Envision competition

ZagrebDox | Official Selection, Jury Special mention

True/False | Official Selection

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