Beirut, I Love You
- Gigi Roccati
- Italy, Lebanon
- Drama, Fiction
- Gigi Roccati, Zena El Khalil
- VIVO FILM SRL.
Batoota Film (LEBANON)
Maya runs the streets of Beirut in a wedding dress, chased by militiamen who’ve captured her best friend Zena, rebellious and wild at heart. The two young girls are interrogated, but upon news of the liberated South, they are set free. In the chaos of post-war Beirut they live like there’s no tomorrow.
The city is being rebuilt and memories of the war erased, however; the burden of bloodshed does not evaporate easily and eventually Maya collapses from its weight.
To pursue better lives, the girls move to NYC only to be confronted with the 9/11 attacks. In a time of pain and suspicion the two friends are torn apart. In solitude, Zena begins to have visions of Asmahan, the great diva who will guide her through Maya’s mysterious past lives; a legacy of women and violence.
Zena returns to a Beirut in turmoil as Maya discovers her cancer, fighting for her friend’s life under the bombs of the 2006 war. Maya will tragically loose her battle, leaving Zena alone with her demons. Beirut is drowning and so is Zena, but only in the depths of Maya’s beloved sea will she find the strength to live, as her destiny is to tell their story.
A woman never dies in a wedding dress.