Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige – Memory Box (2021)
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.
Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Hadjithomas lends her own adolescent experiences in wartime 1980s Beirut to a fictional character. The letters and photographs in the film are, in fact, the director’s own.
Premiered at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival in 2021
2.36GB | 1h 41m | 1920×1080 | mkv
Subtitles:English hard coded
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