An Open Rose

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    An Open Rose

    Une rose ouverte / Warda

    Directed by

    Lebanon

    2019

    72 min

    • French
    • German
    • Arabic

    Documentary

    AN OPEN ROSE is the second part of an essay tryptic. The first, CHINESE INK (2016), made both a personal and collective statement of loss: the loss of one’s path, the loss of the gesture, the loss of insurrectionary thought. A defeat without resignation, however. AN OPEN ROSE continues this reflection by way of an emblematic and tragic figure: Rosa Luxemburg, through the stirring letters she wrote from prison. “And in the darkness, I smile at life.” This sentence, written by Rosa Luxemburg in solitary confinement at the end of 1917, gets to the very heart of what characterises her letters from prison: a shining joie de vivre, regardless of the political situation. Her descriptions of birds, flowers, clouds and colours demonstrate an awareness of nature’s beauty experienced with all the senses. Numerous excerpts from the radical socialist’s lyrical letters in both German and Arabic form the threads running through this essayistic collage. They are joined by modern-day shots of wintry Berlin, a two-person reading in Beirut, archive material from the First World War, a battle song of the labour movement, traces of Nico, Gerhard Richter, Brecht, Breton, voices, sounds, music and the soundless comments of a self. Together, they form a polyphony of visually and acoustically overlapping layers. From this retrospective look at the 20th century, at Germany and the Middle East, at the militant struggles that took place both here and there, emerge personal conclusions as well as the acknowledgement that resistance and beauty can indeed co-exist, not least in dark times.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Tatiana El Dahdah
    Miriam Younes
    Screenplay
    Ghassan Salhab
    Cinematography
    Khaled Abdulwahed
    Mark Khalife
    Editing
    Carine Doumit
    Ghassan Salhab
    Music
    Nico
    Kinematik
    The Haxan Cloak
    Production
    KHAMSINE FILMS
    Ghassan Salhab

    Ghassan Salhab

    Lebanon

    Ghassan Salhab (born 1958, Senegal) has directed five feature films: BEYROUTH FANTÔME, TERRA INCOGNITA (Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2002), THE LAST MAN, 1958 and THE MOUNTAIN, which have all been selected by prestigious international festivals. Salhab has also directed numerous short films and videos, including: POSTHUMUS; NARCISSE PERDU; MY LIVING BODY, MY DEAD BODY; LA ROSE DE PERSONNE; BAALBECK (co-directed with Akram Zaatari and Mohamad Soueid); AFRIQUE FANTÔME and APRÈS LA MORT. Additionally, he has collaborated on several screenplays and teaches cinema in Lebanon. He has also published works in various magazines. His films have been selected in various international film festivals.

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