On the edge of a cratered road, a cortège-like procession of women solemnly makes its way towards the village cemetery. Takla, Amale, Yvonne, Afaf and Saydeh stoically brave the oppressive midday heat, clutching photographic effigies of their beloved menfolk, lost to a futile, protracted and distant war. Some of the women are veiled, others bear wooden crosses, but all are clad in black and united by a sense of shared grief. As they arrive at the cemetery gates, the procession divides into two congregations; one Muslim, the other Christian.
Set against the backdrop of a war-torn country, Where Do We Go Now? tells the heart-warming tale of a group of women’s determination to protect their isolated, mine-encircled, community from the pervasive and divisive outside forces that threaten to destroy it from within. United by a common cause, the women’s unwavering friendship transcends, against all the odds, the religious fault lines which crisscross their society and they hatch some extraordinarily inventive, and oftentimes comical, plans in order to distract the village’s menfolk and defuse any sign of inter-religious tension. A series of chaotic incidents tests the women’s ingenuity as they manage, with sass, to successfully stave off the fall-out from the distant war. But when events take a tragic turn, just how far will the women go in order to prevent bloodshed and turmoil? [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes Film Festival]
Front Row Filmed Entertainment, Empire and The Kuwait National Cinema Company have jointly distributed Nadine Labaki's Where Do We Go Now? which opened this weekend in Lebanon with a major bang! Where Do We Go Now? gathered 21,475 admissions for an astounding weekend Box Office of US$ 153,358.00 making it the biggest opening weekend for any Arabic speaking film released in Lebanon. Nadine Labaki's previous film Caramel opened to US$ 66,606 for a final total of US$ 674,616.00.
Where Do We Go Now? also entered the "All Time Lebanese Top 10 Opening Weekends" list and currently stands at # 7.
It will open next in the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Egypt on the 10th of November 2011.