Where Do We Go Now?

Et maintenant on va où?

“A joyous viewing experience… a story of female sense and solidarity crossing religious divides.” — Sandra Hebron, London Film Festival

Director: Nadine Labaki
Year: 2011
Running time: 100 mins
Censor Rating: M - offensive language

Producer: Anne-Dominique Toussaint
Screenplay: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Rodney Al Haddad, Thomas Bidegain
Photography: Christophe Offenstein
Editor: Véronique Lange
Set designer: Cynthia Zahar

Costume designer: Caroline Labaki
Music: Khaled Mouzanar
In Arabic, English and Russian, with English subtitles

With: Claude Baz Moussawbaa (Takla), Layla Hakim (Afaf), Nadine Labaki (Amale), Yvonne Maalouf (Yvonne), Antoinette Noufaily (Saydeh), Julien Farhat (Rabih), Ali Haidar (Roukoz), Kevin Abboud (Nassim), Petra Saghbini (Rita)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard), Toronto, San Sebastián, London 2011; Sundance, New Directors/New Films, San Francisco 2012

People’s Choice Award, Toronto International Film Festival 2011

Winner of the hotly contested audience award at Toronto, this spirited, shaggy tale of women distracting men from ‘religious war’ offers an inventive mix of painful experience, wish fulfilment and down-to-earth good sense. 

“Women of different religions in a remote Lebanese village band together and invent schemes to prevent their men from killing each other in the intractable religious conflict that surrounds their community. This entertaining and unlikely near-musical tears down stereotypes of women in the Middle East and uses humor to explore serious subjects, with one eye toward Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and the other toward Bollywood… Labaki’s follow-up to the delicious Caramel [NZIFF08] is refreshing and unflinching. Inhabited by a cast of characters that promote an alternate vision of unity and sisterhood with irreverence and charming simplicity, the film gives short shrift to conventions and taboos.” — New Directors/ New Films 

“Once sheltered by its isolation and the cheek-to-jowl intimacy of its denizens, the uneasy peace between Muslims and Christians in this small town threatens to shatter when the outside world begins to filter in, first through town-square TV broadcasts then tit-for-tat jabs that appear ready to escalate into violence. So the village’s women conspire to preserve harmony any way they can, even if that means importing a motley cadre of Ukrainian ‘exotic’ dancers. What results is… [spoiler deleted] and a film that injects ground-level merriment and humanity into the headlines, thanks to director, cowriter, and star Nadine Labaki, who has a gimlet eye and a generous spirit.” — Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Bay Guardian

What NZIFF audiences are saying...

@leaflemming In case I don't get my review of WHERE DO WE GO NOW? posted before Sunday's Civic session: glorious, warm, serious-minded comedy. See!
Nathalie Chang Where Do We Go Now? Funny but also very moving.

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