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MEMORY BOX
Drama   |    Running Time: 102 minutes

2021 / French, Arabic and English dialogue

Country: France, Lebanon, Canada and Qatar
Directed by: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige

R15

Adult Themes

 

Producer
Christian Eid, Georges Schoucair, Carole Scotta

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

Scriptwriter
Joana Hadjithomas, Gaëlle Macé, Khalil Joreige

Production Company
Haut et Court, Abbout Productions, Art Arab Radio and Television Network

Middle East Distribution
MC Distribution

International Sales Agent
Playtime
 
On Christmas Day in Montréal, Alex receives a box from Beirut intended for her mother Maia. Despite her grandmother’s wishes to keep the past sealed, Alex discovers personal notebooks, tapes, and photographs that Maia, aged 13 to 18, wrote and recorded for her best friend Lisa, who had left for Paris to escape the Lebanese civil war. Alex discovers an unknown and surprising facet of her mother. Drawn from Joana Hadjithomas’ real-life notebooks addressed to her best friend, the directors of “Memory Box” immerse us in their memories with exceptional visual creativity through analog photos, super 8 films, and audio cassettes. They recreate the atmosphere of Beirut during the war and awaken our nostalgia, taking us back to that adolescent period where freedom, love, and music prevail. But when your teenage years coincide with war, these memories become muddled, resurfacing to reveal buried wounds and long forgotten ghosts. Both filmmakers and artists, Hadjithomas and Joreige are used to questioning the making of images and representations as well as the construction of the imaginary. This story of the uprooting of three generations of women (grandmother, mother and daughter) in search of lost men convey many of the thematics and interrogations of their previous body of work.

SHOWTIME

Wed 15 Dec | 4:15 PM - 6:02 PM
VOX Cinemas Al Balad 2
Price: 40 SAR

Fri 10 Dec | 9:00 PM - 10:47 PM
Vox Cinemas Red Sea Mall 6
Price: 40 SAR

Thu 09 Dec | 6:30 PM - 8:27 PM
Red Sea Gala Theatre by VOX Cinemas at Al Balad
Price: 140 SAR

 
 
 
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