Eccomi ... Eccoti
ها أنا ... ها أنت
Eccomi ... Eccoti (Here I am ... Here you are)
Eccomi ... Eccoti unfolds as a virtual road trip navigating between Italy and Lebanon. Conditioned to live in a long-distance relationship with his partner because of strict European visa regulations, the director patches together the moments shared together in an attempt to create a possible day-to-day reality for their couple.
With a lyrical, ambient soundscape set atop a dreamy, atmospheric visual style that oscillates between still photography and moving images, the film explores what it means to be gay in contemporary Beirut and the aches of psychic pain that blocks one from reaching a sense of “complete-ness” with one’s self. Does such in-completeness have to do, in particular, with being gay? Or is it related to a grander malaise endemic to the human condition?
documentary, Raed Rafei, Lebanon 2017, 68 min, color, Arabic/French/Italian/English with Engl. ST
Director Raed Rafei | Production Raed Rafei, Irit Neidhardt | DoP Raed Rafei, Corinne Shawi, Jad Youssef | Editing Raed Rafei, Ann de Mo | Sound Design Raed Rafei, Lama Sawaya | Sound Mixing Lama Sawaya @ DB Studio | Coloring Bilal Hibri (Rez Visuals) | With support from Screen Institute Beirut, Ashkal Alwan (The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts), Goethe Institute and the AFAC (The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture).