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Eyal Sivan

Dialogues d’exilés
(Dialogues of exile)

Like Ziffel and Kalle, the German Jewish refugees in Bertolt Brecht’s Refugee Conversations (1940),  from which this project is inspired, Fadi and Rami also live in exile. They are however Syrian-Lebanese and live in 2021 in a European city on the shore of the Mediterranean. When they meet for the first time at the buffet of the ferry terminal, they engage in a conversation without introduction. What follows is a series of unexpected meetings and unforeseen discussions in which everyday life and political considerations, the individual and the general, are approached sometimes with irony mixed with melancholy, and other times with the play of paradox. On the backdrop of the so-called «migration crisis in Europe», Fadi and Rami freely discuss a variety of topics. Their off-the-cuff exchanges often come back tothe cause of their exile: the post-colonial war. Exile, as we know, sharpens the mind. With dialectic and humor, they chat about all kinds of things. Their spoken Arabic, especially their Lebanese dialect from Beirut, is particularly suitable for this, enabling a chiseled language, a whirlwind of words in a closed place, that of transit through strangers and open to all.
Eyal Sivan

Technical sheet

Genre : Documentary / Fiction
Runtime (min) : 70’

Production country: France
Production company : Momento films
Producer : Armelle Laborie-Sivan

Project status : Development
Estimated budget : 263 000 €
Acquired Budget : 22 000 €
Shooting country : France

Producers Filmography:
– Looking for Horses / Stefan Pavlović / 2021 / 88′
– After Babel / development / Valérie Osouf / 2021 / 100′
– Ouroboros / Basma Alsharif / 2017 / 77′
– Common State, Potential Conversation [1] / Eyal Sivan / 2012 / 124′
– Hot House / Shimon Dotan / 2006 / 90′
– Route 181, Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel / Eyal Sivan & Michel Khleifi / 2004 / 272′
– Atash / Tawfik Abu Wael / 2004 / 109′
– The Gardeners of Martyrs’ Street / Leïla Habchi & Benoît Prin / 2003 / 81′
– 500 dunam on the Moon / Rachel Leah Jones / 2002 / 47′
– The Specialist / Eyal Sivan / 1999 / 128′

Director

Eyal Sivan

Filmography

  • Common state, potential conversation [1] / 2012 / 124'
  • Jaffa, the orange’s clockwork / 2009 / 88'
  • Citizens K, The twin brothers / 2007 / 59'
  • I love you all / co-directed with Audrey Maurion / 2004 / 98'
  • Route 181, Fragments of a journey in Palestine-Israel / Michel Khleifi / 2003 / 272'
  • The specialist, Portrait of a modern criminal / 1999 / 128'
  • Aqabat-Jaber, Peace with no return ? / 1995 / 61'
  • Itgaber, He will overcome / 1993 / 2 x 85'
  • Izkor, Slaves of memory / 1990 / 97'
  • Aqabat-Jaber, passing through / 1987 / 81'

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