The Ugly One
Eric Baudelaire presents an excerpt from his film, The Ugly One, with a screenplay written by filmmaker and ex-Japanese Red Army faction writer Masao Adachi. The film features Rabih Mroué and Juliette Navis as Michel and Lili, two characters who meet on a beach in Beirut, and struggle to piece together fragments from their respective pasts. As written on POULET-MALASSIS: 'Part love affair, part political tale, half-documentary and half-fiction, the film is also a confrontation between two generations of politics and filmmaking, exploring the question of militancy and regret. As a backdrop, a changing Beirut, the ghost of a disillusioned Lebanese communist movement, and the spectre of an intractable civil war in Syria – political impasses that are mirrored by the narrative impossibilities upon which The Ugly One is built.'
This particular scene is known as The Syrian Table.
Read Eric Baudelaire in conversation with Anthony Downey here.