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Memory Box

Directed by Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
2021
Lebanon
100 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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A mysterious package connects three generations of women from 1980s Beirut to modern-day Montreal in this stylish meditation on history and memory. In Competition, Berlinale 2021.
Memory Box is the first narrative feature in nine years by award-winning team Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (A Perfect Day, SFF 2006) and the first Lebanese contender in the Berlinale Competition in four decades. A large carton from France suddenly lands on the Montreal doorstep of Maia and her teenage daughter Alex. Inside are diaries, photos and cassettes detailing every aspect of Maia’s teenage life during the Lebanese Civil War. While the past is too painful for Maia to revisit, Alex secretly goes through the contents, which come to life in beautifully crafted flashbacks. Loosely based on Hadjithomas’s teenage letters and diaries, the film illuminates the role memory plays in shaping our lives.
A beautifully poignant intergenerational story that acts as a multimedia scrapbook of Beirut… it will have overpowering resonance with multitudes of viewers.
Jay Weissberg, Variety
A warming tale of truth and reconciliation.
Alan Hunter, Screen International
Program Strand
First Films
Year
2021
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
France, Lebanon, Canada, Qatar
Language
In French and Arabic with English subtitles
Director
Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
Producer
Georges Schoucair, Christian Eid, Carole Scotta, Barbara Letellier, Kim McCraw, Luc Déry, Jasmyrh Lemoine
Cast
Rim Turki, Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier
Screenwriter
Gaëlle Macé, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
Cinematographer
Josée Deshaies
Editor
Tina Baz
Sales Agent
Playtime
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