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So Dear, So Lovely

Diana Allan, 23 min

Canada, Lebanon, 2018

So Dear, So Lovely

A psychographic taxi journey around Beirut in a film with roots in Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab.

In Beirut, an eccentric Palestinian taxi driver drives around the city's labyrinthine streets, which he knows by heart. A pilot in his cabin, a raving commentator of the city's life. Smoking, singing, shouting. Fragments of a story gather on the fringes of the dusty black and white 16mm film footage, shot from the back seat of the car. Diana Allan, who trained at Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab, prioritises situation and character over factual context, in a film where the absence of a harmonic (life) story is a point in itself. The soundtrack and the stream of images are constantly threatening to make their own asynchronous exit, while our driver continues down his opinionated track. Out on the other side of the windshield, Beirut's street grid spreads into a psychogeographic chaos, which is merely amplified by the car's claustrophobic interior and Allan's suggestive use of off-screen space, not least through sound. Screening with 'Towards the Sun' and 'All That Perishes at the Edge of Land'.

Director: Diana Allan
Original Title: So Dear, So Lovely
Country: Canada, Lebanon
Year: 2018
Running time: 23 min
Dialogue: Arabic
Category: Art
Tags: ArtistFilm
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Producer: Diana Allan
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