Heels of War/Tannoura Maxi.
Equal parts audacity and self-indulgence, ambitious magical realist "Heels of War," from tyro Lebanese helmer-scribe Joe Bou Eid, adds beaucoup imaginative license to the story of how his parents met and married. Sometimes playing like faux-Emir Kusterica and sometimes startlingly unique, the pic is only fitfully compelling, but there's no denying Eid's undisciplined talent. The combo of black comedy, sex and sacrilege set against the backdrop of the 1982 Israeli invasion could make it a tricky sell in Lebanon.
CREDITS: Directed, written by Joe Bou Eid. Reviewed at Dubai Film Festival (competing), Dec. 11, 2011. Running time: 98 MIN.
With: Joy Karam, Chady El Tineh, Elie Saikaly, Antoine Balabane, Jana El Hasan, Nawa Samel.