Closing Night Gala:
Habibi (Darling, Something’s Wrong With Your Head)
Filmmaker: Susan Youssef
Wed 10 Apr, 6.20pm, BFI Southbank
Book now: tickets on sale at bfi.org.uk
A sweeping romance based on a classic Arabic story of forbidden love, re-interpreted for modern Palestine in this stylish feature.
Palestine/USA/Netherlands/UAE, 2011, 80 min
Winner: Best Film, Best Actress & Federation of International Film Critics' Award, Dubai International Film Festival, 2011
The first feature set in Gaza for over 15 years, this sweeping contemporary romance is based on a classic Arabic story, Majnun Layla often likened to 'Romeo and Juliet.' Young lovers Qays and Layla court controversy when Qays begins to graffiti poems of forbidden passion across the town. Set against the escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Habibi features original Sufi poetry and won Best Feature at the 2012 Dubai Film Festival for its powerful retelling of this timeless tale.
The 2013 BEV Festival Awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Emerging Talent (shorts) will be announced at our Closing Night Gala.
"Habibi lets us experience a lifestyle we may never fully understand"