Heaven Without People

Showings

AMC Mazza Gallerie Theater 3 Fri, Oct 26 6:00 PM
Josephine, the matriarch of a large family, gathers everyone for Easter lunch for the first time in years. During the lunch, personal tensions rise to the surface.
AMC Mazza Gallerie Theater 3 Sat, Oct 27 8:30 PM
Josephine, the matriarch of a large family, gathers everyone for Easter lunch for the first time in years. During the lunch, personal tensions rise to the surface.

Description

Lebanese director Lucien Bourjeily takes us on a journey of family secrets and the rift they can cause with his latest award-winning drama, Heaven Without People. The film follows the protagonist Josephine, the matriarch of a sprawling family, who is delighted to gather everyone together for Easter lunch for the first time in two years. The festive meal survives tensions bubbling just under the surface. However, bit-by-bit the façade of the happy family gathering begins to fall away after an unexpected event changes their joyful mood and lives forever. At times brutally honest and impulsive, Heaven Without People is an astute meditation on the complexities of human nature and a slice-of-life portrait of Lebanese society. A renowned theatre director and social activist in Lebanon, Bourjeily’s feature debut builds on his desire to dig into taboo topics to forge space for discourse—even if that comes at great cost. –Various sources

 

Lebanon, Directed by Lucien Bourjeily, 2017, 91 minutes. In Arabic with English subtitles.