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MEMORY BOX

2021 / 104’ /Color / France Canada Lebanon Qatar

Director: Khalil Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas

Screenplay: Gaëlle Macé, Khalil Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas

Cinematographer: Josée Deshaies

Editing : Tina Baz

Art Director:                Maïa El Khoury, Mary Lynn Deachman, Franckie Diago

Music : Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Charbel Haber

Cast: Rim Turki, Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier, Clémence Sabbagh, Hassan Akil

Producer: Carole Scotta, Georges Schoucair, Christian Eid, Barbara Letellier, Luc Déry, Kim McCraw, Jasmyrh Lemoine

Production: Haut et Court, Abbout Productions (LB), micro_scope (CA), Abbout Production (QA)

Distribution:  Bir Film

Summary

Maia, a single mother, lives in Montreal with her teenage daughter, Alex. On Christmas Eve, they receive an unexpected delivery: notebooks, tapes, and photos Maia sent to her best friend from 1980’s Beirut. Maia refuses to open the box or confront its memories, but Alex secretly begins diving into it. Between fantasy and reality, Alex enters the world of her mother’s tumultuous, passionate adolescence during the Lebanese civil war, unlocking mysteries of a hidden past.

Director

The two filmmakers were both born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1969. They did not study art or cinema at a formal level but were drawn to both in their youth as a way to respond to the aftermath of the Lebanese civil war. Their work in several media is thematically and formally connected to their research and their lives and explores topics including traces of the invisible, the absent, the construction of the imaginary and the writing of contemporary history. Their feature films A Perfect Day, Je Veux Voir and The Lebanese Rocket Society have screened and won awards at international festivals. Their artworks have been exhibited worldwide. In 2017, they received the Marcel Duchamp Prize.