Coming Back to Life
COMING BACK TO LIFE is an Architecture movie, a cinematic narrative loaded with emotional content and dramatic sceneries.
It is an attempt to produce new understandings of what is an architectural concept. It is a simple idea represented through a storyline, a plot and a twist, basically a modern day fairy tale.
The movie revolves around an architect’s obsession with Burj El Murr, the tower of bitterness, a soaring monument and an old legacy of war, in the heart of Beirut.
The first scene portrays our mystery man entering his gloomy apartment facing his architectural fascination, to be surprised by an emerging structure suspended on the walls of the tower. Suddenly the disbelief is interrupted by a noise that appears to come out of the TV, and the frame blackouts out when it gets closer to the window. Directly we are transported inside an opening of the Burj el Murr, to ascend the body of the concrete brute, passing through the void, the green space, the memorial and the reception area. We are then driven outside, to discover a monument, elevated from the ground. Our architect’s car arrives at the scene while the structure is completing its growth. Finally the story ends on a shot of the tower in its new skin, standing tall in the midst of all the disturbing chaos of the capital.