Erased,___Ascent of the Invisible

  • Lebanon 
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2014 on a wall in the city of Beirut are spread layers over layers of hundreds of torn posters. Selling lines and ripped images jump to the eye: apartments, pastries, concerts, loans, restaurants, plumbing, religious tours for the faithful... anything!
Suddenly, in the middle of this rubble, a glimpse: the partial picture of a face. Only a moustache, the trace of a shy smile, a chin, and part of an ear. Also noticeable in the photo, the fragments of a black leather jacket.
A vagabond with a pencil sets to heal the rest of the face, restoring its missing traits.
“The image of a man whose features were convincing took shape in front of me! But who is that man?”
On his unsettled journey through Beirut, various encounters and incidents constantly put the vagabond back on track, on the trail of the people gone missing during the Lebanese civil war.
But the vagabond faces a city striving by all possible means to erase those traces beyond recovery, to a point of no return.



  • Original Title
    Erased,___Ascent of the Invisible
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Ghassan Halwani
  • Cinematography
    Ghassan Halwani , Inka Dewitz, Carine Doumit, Joan Chaker
  • Editing
    Vartan Avakian
  • Runtime
    76 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Lebanon
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Locarno Festival
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