One of the first Lebanese movies were The Adventures of Elias Mabruk (1929) and in the Ruins of Baalbeck (1936). After the receiving of Independence Lebanese films started to describe Lebanese rural life and traditions. The first of Lebanon movies presented at the Cannes Film Festival was Ila Ayn? directed by Georges Nasser in 1958. There is a considerable number of Lebanon films produced during 1930-1970s in cooperation with Syria and Egypt. In 1960s some foreign films were shot in Beirut (Twenty-Four Hours to Kill, Honeybaby, Secret Agent Fire Ball). During the war period movies in Lebanon were almost all documentary. After the end of the war Lebanon cinema was given a second birth. The film Hors la Vie by Maroun Baghdadi received the Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1991. In 2000s a number of successful Lebanon movies was screened. The Kite, After Shave, Caramel, A Lost Man are some of them which were critically acclaimed. 2010 and 2011 were the years of extremely growth of the Lebanon cinema industry. Stray Bullet, Ok, Enough, Goodbye, Where Do We Go Now?, Circumstance, A Play Entitled Sehnsucht were shot

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