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The World is Pink

Myrna Maakaron, Nicole Gerhards

Lebanon, Germany

synopsis

Dreaming of romance and freedom, DALIA (30), a Lebanese woman falls in love with a German musician, STEFAN (33). She runs away to marry him in Berlin regardless of her Catholic and bourgeois parents.
Once in Germany, Dalia is puzzled to discover that Stefan lives in a tiny flat and can hardly earn a living. Dalia’s pink expectations collide with reality. Ashamed, she leads her parents to believe she has an idyllic life. Her neighbours, a gay Jewish cook and a retired prostitute, try to raise her flagging spirits. Despite love, Dalia feels homesick and lonely.
Her control freak mother, MARIE-CLAUDE, suddenly appears without notice. Nauseated by her daughter’s lifestyle, she tries to persuade Dalia to return to Lebanon. Disregarding Stefan’s opinions, Marie-Claude disrupts the couple‘s daily routine to the point where Dalia revolts and refuses to give in. Dramatizing her pain, Marie Claude heads home, having made sure she has fractured the couple’s integrity.
Stefan loses his job and cannot pay the rent. The lovers clash. Disillusions are finally voiced. Anxious and insecure, Dalia sells her grandmother’s ring and flies home.
Feeling out of place in Beirut, Dalia misses Stefan and finds out she is pregnant. Whilst she is secretly planning to go back to him, Stefan appears at her door!

intention

I have been living in Germany for the past nine years. Since my first day here I’ve never stopped comparing it to my own country, Lebanon. I now feel the need to talk about my two cultures, the people, their traditions, their ways of thinking and the inevitable clash.
With this film I wish to stress on how little we know about each other, how ignorant we are when it comes to history and its influence on people, how different Lebanese and Germans are and yet how similar they remain when it comes to feelings.
During my childhood, despite the wars my family and I endured, everyone portrayed the world to me in pink. They thought they would protect me by not telling me the truth about life. During those years, I grew older but never really grew up. Life stopped so often for us while it was going on for the rest of the world. We had no electricity and no water but jasmine blossomed on our balconies. We had picnics, holidays and birthday cakes but in between we ran so often to the shelters. Bombs and cockroaches frightened us and ceasefires made us happy. Ceasefires equalled silence and birds twittering.
As is the case with the main protagonist, DALIA, the women of my generation - Christian and Muslim alike - were not only traumatised by the war but they also were constantly being brainwashed into studying for an honours degree, getting married and having children before the age of thirty!
On the other hand, our mothers had lost their youth and passions over the long years of war. Some could not express their love without disregarding their children’s real needs and, in a way, damaging their development. This trait is shared by many Lebanese and Arabic families and characterizes the colossal influence mothers have on their children’s lives.
The world is pink is a love story that doesn’t shy away from butterflies-in-the-stomach, complexity and pain. The lovers are from such different cultures, Lebanese and German, that the narrative inevitably combines humour and drama. It hinges on a central dichotomy that contrasts war-torn children with fairytales. It is also a story about embracing our families despite the harm they might have done. It is about not giving up our pink expectations and learning to grow from disappointment. And mainly it is about committing when we love despite all the differences.

budget & financing

The World is Pink is both a bittersweet drama and a fresh, playful, life affirming and uplifting love story. It is the first story of its kind about a Lebanese woman and a German man. There is a playful originality to Myrna’s scripts that has proven realisable on the big screen in the past. The World is Pink is still in development; the final draft is to be completed in summer 2012. The film will be a co-production between Germany, Lebanon and possibly a third country. The budget is approximately € 1.500.000. We plan to receive financing from German and international funds as well as television stations. We are looking for co-producers and commercial investors in Europe and the Middle East.

distribution & sales

The World is Pink has the potential to appeal to a wide audience thanks to its humour, freshness and depiction of universal conflicts in life and love. It is a charming tale about the clash of cultures between an Arab and a German, the clash between men and women, between mothers and daughters, and finally, the clash of sweet dreams and bitter reality. Though all this may be extremely painful in life, it is funny to talk about and to watch. The film will have a sensitive, playful, fresh approach to the cinematic form, with a strong and entertaining narrative that touches the hearts of it’s audience. Myrna’s films are poetic and she approaches drama with a light and amusing touch whilst tenderly considering her heroes. The World is Pink is targeted at a European and Arab audience and appropriate festivals. The characters of the story will appeal to at least two generations as well as to women and men. Our goal is to have a well-developed script and an initial idea of casting by early 2012 before we then approach distributors and sales agents.

In Beirut she was afraid to die, in Berlin she was afraid to live.
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Myrna Maakaron

Film Director

myrna@berlinbeirut.de

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Nicole Gerhards

Story Editor, Production

info@nikofilm.de

production notes

directed by
Myrna Maakaron

produced byNiKo Film
Prinzessinnenstraße 16
10969, Berlin
Germany

total production budget
€ 1.500.000

current financial need
€ 1.280.000