April 06, 2010

VIPs, celebrities and film enthusiasts converge at Grand Cinemas ABC on April 6th for the Lebanon premiere of the year’s most acclaimed movie, The Hurt Locker.

Winner of six Academy Awards and six BAFTAs, The Hurt Locker is one of those rare films that delivers its message both artfully and clearly. WAR IS A DRUG declared the movie’s opening scene on April 6th before a riveted crowd of Lebanon’s leading political, military and press figures.

The precedent-setting premiere, hosted at Grand Cinemas ABC by GM Randa Ramia and attended by the US and UK ambassadors, among many other VIPs, also served to celebrate a cinema milestone: the first time in Oscar’s long history that a woman claims the coveted Best Director award.

Grand Cinemas operations manager Rabih El Hajj welcomes May Chidiac (left) and American Ambassador Mrs Michel Sisson (centre)
Michel bou Sleiman shares a joke with Grand Cinemas GM Randa Ramia and Mario Bassil
British Ambassador Mrs Frances Guy and husband sample cocktails with General Michel Nahhas
Third Eye Fx, the team responsible for shooting the high speed scenes in The Hurt Locker, using their specially designed camera. The team was in attendance with their President Dory Aoun, the camera’s creator.