Agate mousse

  • 68'
  • Lebanon
  • 2021

A visit to a cosmetic-surgery clinic and the discovery of a lump in his testicle and an abscess in his mouth confront filmmaker Selim Mourad with transience and decay in this unashamedly navel-gazing film essay. ‘Selim from Beirut’ is the last in a long list of names of extinct species he recites during a loveless Grindr fuck.

After his death, which proceeds without any further explanation or ado, we see Selim’s image appear in an exhibition by a pretentious photographer. As he hangs nonchalantly on the gallery wall – looking like the love-child of Jean-Paul Belmondo and James Dean, complete with cigarette dangling from his lips – a visitor to the gallery comments that the round framing of these portraits of the dead is reminiscent of film. The actual film frame then also adopts this circular form, this time with Selim’s friend Tamara at the centre.

What follows is in many ways like a snake swallowing its own tail, with both maker and work constantly self-referencing; in the eternal cycle of birth and death this creates, Selim and Tamara finally become their own ancestors. The naked, queer body once again plays a prominent role in this concluding instalment of Mourad’s Linceul trilogy – preceded by the shorts Linceul (2017) and Cortex (2018). Using a combination of painterly images, form experimentation, mythical motifs and philosophical commentary, Agate mousse forms an aesthetic antidote to fear of The End.

On demand

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    • From Thursday 04 February 17:45Thu 04 Feb 17:45
    • to Sunday 07 February 17:45Sun 07 Feb 17:45

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  • Online
    Thursday 04 February 2021
    With live Q&A
Selim Mourad
World premiere
Country of production
Production Year
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
International title
Moss Agate
Arabic, French
Selim Mourad
The Open Reel
Selim Mourad
Karim Ghrayeb
Sandra Fatté
Sound Design
Lama Sawaya
Serge Yared, Jean-Baptiste Luccio, Lama Sawaya
Tamara Saadé, Selim Mourad, Elie Boudjok, François Yazbek