THE LANDING | الهبوط
A film by Akram Zaatari
2018 - Sharjah, UAE
“The Landing” had its screen premiere at the Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival 2020. The film also received the Becce Award for Music. The award is named after late composer Giuseppe Becce who scored Robert Wiene’s cult movie The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
"The Landing rediscovers the modern-day ruins of Shaabiyat Al Ghurayfah in Al Madam, Sharjah, a public housing project built for the descendants of the Al Kutby tribe in 1981. Now deserted, the site witnessed the first movement of Bedouin families from tents into modern residences. "
"Sharif Sehnaoui, Abed Kobeissy and Ali Hout are stuck in the desert. Their moves, their communication, their discovery of location take the form of an acoustic exploration of space. A repertoire of simple gestures playfully engages with structure, space, threshold, verticality and perspective. Their acts resonate with artist Hassan Sharif’s early performances, which were staged in the UAE desert outside urban centres. Cables, sewage pipes, tubes, shovels, kitchen tools, electric air blowers and even a helicopter landing on site are deployed for their sonic potential, creating refractions, confrontations and transformations in a broken narrative."