Magazine article Screen International

Labaki's Where Do We Go Now? Breaks New Ground in Lebanon

Magazine article Screen International

Labaki's Where Do We Go Now? Breaks New Ground in Lebanon

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Comedy-drama about religious tension posts biggest box office ever for an Arabic-language film.

Nadine Labaki's Foreign Language Oscar hopeful Where Do We Go Now? is blazing a trail in Lebanon after posting a 30% increase in admissions in its second week. The film now stands as the most successful Arabic-language film ever in the territory.

Where Do We Go Now? fought off stiff competition from new releases The Three Musketeers 3D, Killer Elite and The Change Up to record 27,807 admissions from only eight screens in its second week for 64,200 cumulative and second week box office of $198,820 for a cumulative of $459,231.

The film's second weekend performance ranks as the country's fifth-best ever, ahead of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.

The comedy-drama, which played in Un Certain Regard in Cannes this year, charts the story of a group of Lebanese women who try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village.

There has been a growing number of successful socio-politically themed films coming out of the Middle East in the past year, but Where Do We Go Now? …

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