Prolongation du film Beirut Kamikaze pour sa quatrième semaine en salle!
Prochaine séance: vendredi 09 décembre à 19h00!
Studio Galande, 42 rue galande, 75005 Paris, M: St-Michel
LifeStyle Middle East – Nov 2011
Shooting Star: On camera: Filmmaker Christophe Karabache
Having graduated from Paris III and IOWA university in the USA, and having spent 11 years between France and Lebanon and participated in many international festivals as well, Christophe Karabache knew from the start where he wanted to head; cinema was his passionâ€¦ and with time, it became a necessity, a scream for life. Christophe’s living experiences were transformed into images and soundsâ€¦ as his camera kept rolling, far beyond imagination.
When did it all start?
At a very young age, when I was 7 or 8 years old, I had a passion for the big screen. Afterwards, with time, I realized that I wouldn’t know how to do something else. I had a lonely childhood; I used to play alone and write stories to make movies. This helped me to put down my rage and anger against the world.
What are your influences?
I have been influenced by Spanish Luis Bunuel, Italian Pier Paolo Pasolini, as well as by German Fassbinder.
What do you practically do?
I am the author of all my movies. I conceive everything myself from scenario to projection. My movies are experimental and avant-garde. They are based on what I consider esthetical and don’t adhere to a consuming society. I stepped into the world of documentaries that have been inspired by the period 2005- 2010, a period of political crises and demonstrations. I write, I direct, and I do the editing.
How would you describe your production?
I would say they are minimalist « underground » productions. I have ambitions of getting into the system and shake it from the inside. My movies help me deal better with life. They have a therapeutic effect as they free my mind. To me, commercial films have no interest. The main challenge remains for art to capture the interest of the big public.
Where do you stand between documentaries and fiction?
Even my documentaries include fiction. For example, in my « Beirut Kamikaze » documentary, a young boy walks in the streets of Beirut and holds an unexploded shell in his hands. His walk is surrealistic, as the metaphor expresses the wandering of a war spirit. Through that walk, one can also see the different Southern-Eastern suburbs, as well as the divisions between communities.
How many films do you produce over a one-year period?
I make around 3 to 5 movies a year. I need to create a better life in order to tolerate the life we’re livingâ€¦ Otherwise, I would opt for the Kalashnikov solution! But since it’s not worth it, as I don’t adhere to dogmatic ideas, I’d rather create movies that are not politically militants but that show a certain critical conscience. Ideas need maturity and that’s why each one evolves to their own tempo.
What about your ideas and inspiration?
My movies are thematically swinging between France and Lebanon. They are influenced by my personal experience and what I have been through. My characters are crazy and mad, lost and excluded from society; a prostitute, a hysterical woman, or a sexually frustrated personâ€¦ I have unusual ideas and get very inspired. Sometimes, the thematic topics are the same. The last one, « Too much love will kill you, » is about Lamia, who is neither satisfied with her husband or lover. She flies from Paris to Lebanon where her parents have been killedâ€¦ and is drown into madness and chaosâ€¦ One movie leads to another and I’m never satisfied enough. Good films make me want to go further.
What about the festivals you participated in?
It all happened step by step, sometimes by word of mouth, and some other times I was invited to participate in different festivals all around the world. Here’s a list of the festivals I participated in:
- Lebanese Film Festival (Lebanon)
- Festival International du Cinéma des peuples (New Caledonia)
- Middle East Film Festival (New Orleans USA)
- Mediterranean Film Festival (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
- International festival of Ouidah (Africa)
- ATP Festival – Somerset (UK)
- Subversive Film Festival – Cinéma Abattoir (Montreal)
- Yfanet Squat (Greece)
- International Festival of Night Signs (France)
- La Cinémathèque Française (France)
- Festival Côté Court – Pantin (France)
- Pesaro Film Festival (Italy)
- International Super8 Festival (Hungary)
Which message do you pass on?
I provoke people’s reactions. I don’t like them to stay passive and act like ordinary spectators. My sequences are long enough to make them think and act. My message is a reflection of what touches me and moves me upside down. Therefore, it goes from intimate to universal. I always talk about delicate issues, such as frustration, lack of communication, people in periods of crisis. Sometimes, spectators identify themselves to my characters since my fiction is always associated to reality. I would say that my movies have a subversive aspect; at the Lebanese Film festival for example the film show would start with 250 persons and end up with 30 persons, since my themes are hard. They comprise sexuality, nudity, war, chaos, and cruelty, so that they bring back spectators to their real image. As a close up on « Tout va mieux » (Everything is better) for example, the film is about a frustrated couple. A woman and a man can’t get along together because of the war. Anthropology, sexuality, and cruelty are at peak. Phantasms and desires result of suffering a horrible reality. Those themes help people think and discover anxieties that are hidden deep inside them. I love it when people leave; it’s like I have won an Oscarâ€¦ I also like people who stay until the end.
What about your actors?
They could be either professional actors or debutants who are spontaneous and fresh. I prefer the ones who are not professional since they would be people of everyday life who play their own role and can have great performances.
What would your message to youth be?
Stay free and independentâ€¦ and don’t abide by your teachers’ laws. Simply do films that look like you. « Become what you are. » Break the rules and create works that will find their way through time.
- 2011: Ali is good for Jesus
- 2010: Un drink a ta sante
- Beirut Kamikaze (released at movie theater in Paris – november 2011)
- La Vierge au rendez-vous
- 2009: Tout va mieux
- 2008: Wadi Khaled
- Trans society
- 2007: Zone Frontaliere
- 2006: Mondanites – Hikayat
- wa Riwayat
- 2005: Kinoptik : Transit
- 2004: RN-13
- Sevices ektachromatiques
- 2003: Distorsions
- Fragments d’une vie aneantie
- 2002: Esprits revoltes
- Civilisation perdue