ScreenplayBased on the historical episodes recorded on Saint Charbel’s life and missions both on Earth and in Heaven, Father Hanna Iskandar wrote what has become the most comprehensive single documented reference on Saint Charbel in his book “Charbaliat 7”. Edited for the requirements of movie – making, a screenplay was written by Mr. Mounir Massri under the supervision of Father Yohanna Khawand.
ProductionThe magnitude of Charbel’s production required a significant number of actors and cast to where, by the final shooting day, more than 400 four hundred people had taken part in the film. More than 600 people were considered for various roles before reaching this figure.
Re-producing a credible 19th century environment required a tailor-made set of clothing for the majority of scenes. Outsourcing of special items reached as far as Turkey, while authentic artifacts, tools and utensils were meticulously selected from both local and neighboring markets.
Dozens of original 19th century’s sets had to be built and re-shaped to suit the purposes of stage design. Many churches and houses had to be redecorated to relieve scenes from the aspects of modern civilization.
Hundreds of potential locations, from convents and monasteries to schools, old houses, forests, sea shores, grottoes and landscapes, were studied and screened before selecting the key 25 locations for filming. These ranged from Nahr el Dahab-Ehmez to Mairouba, Ehmej, Bmehrin, Ballouneh, Roumieh, Jbeil, Chekka, Raashin, Eghbeh, Ghazir, Ghosta, Ainwaraka, Bsarma, Kozhaia, Laklouk, Ehden, Tannourin Cedars, Ashkout, Bekaata, Amchit and finally Bkerki.
Special thanks are due to the Lebanese Army for their volunteering of helicopter services dedicated to shooting special scenes above the cedars of MountTannourine.
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