Sex by the book, is that conceivable? And what if the book happens to be the Koran? With this mosaic film in contemporary Beirut, Assad Faloudkar gives us a glimpse behind the veil. In this morality sketch, modern devout Muslim couples wrestle with love and lust, without breaking religious rules. Awatef is looking for a second wife for her husband Salim, so she can have a break from his boundless libido. The young couple Mokhtar and Fatmeh have just married, but his hot-tempered jealousy means they’ve also divorced three times. Now Fatmeh first has to marry someone else before Mokhtar can be hers again. The recently divorced Loubna finally wins her childhood sweetheart, but only in a temporary ‘marriage of pleasure’.
In recent years, Fouladkar made one of the most popular sitcoms in the Arab world with A Man and Six Women. For his second feature, he combines the farcical tone of the sitcom with these more tragicomic love stories.

Original title
Bil halal
Filmmaker
Assad Fouladkar
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Lebanon, Germany
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
94’
Language
Arabic
Producer
Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Sadek Sabbah
Production Company
Razor Film Produktion GmbH, Sabbah Media Corporation
Sales
Playtime
Writer
Assad Fouladkar
Cinematography
Lutz Reitemeier
Editor
Nadia Ben Rachid
Production Design
Tanja Arlt, Maia El Khoury
Sound Design
Sebastian Schmidt, Sebastian Heyser
Music
Amine Bouhafa
Cast
Mirna Mkarzel, Darine Hamze, Ali Sammoury