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Dirty Difficult Dangerous

OT: Dirty Difficult Dangerous

Wissam Charaf // France, Italy, Lebanon, 2022
// FF2022
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Cinematic precious metal from the Middle East: a Mediterranean co-production combines the fantastic with class struggle in a mix of cheerful melancholy. Beirut, Lebanon, the present day. Ahmed, a Syrian refugee, and Mehdia, an Ethiopian servant, are united in an impossible love affair. While Mehdia tries to keep her dignity in the face of an overbearing employer, Ahmed gets by selling scrap metal. The two lovers have nothing to lose. One day, they seize their chance to turn their back on Beirut and roam through the rundown country. But Ahmed’s body is becoming a problem: he is slowly turning into metal.


WISSAM CHARAF (*1973 in Beirut) is a Lebanese-French director, cameraperson and journalist. Since 1998, he has worked for the German-French broadcaster ARTE. Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous is his second feature and opened the section Giornate degli Autori this year in Venice.



Dirty Difficult Dangerous



France, Italy, Lebanon


83 min

OV with German subtitles

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