Memory Box
Original title:
Memory Box
Slovenian title:
Škatla spominov
Country, year:
Lebanon, France, Canada, 2021
Directed by:
Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
Gaëlle Macé, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
Josée Deshaies
Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Charbel Haber
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Rim Turki (Maia), Manal Issa (mlada/young Maia), Paloma Vauthier (Alex), Clémence Sabbagh (Téta), Hassan Akil (Raja), Halim Abiad (mladi Halim), Michelle Bado (mlada Michelle), Rita Bado (Michelle), Patrick Chemali (Halim), Rea Gemayel, Reina Jabbour, Reem Khoury, Rabih Mroue (Raja)
Berlinale 2021, Shanghai 2021

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An unexpected package reopens old wounds from Lebanon's civil war while creating an opportunity to finally heal them.

On Christmas Eve in Montreal, Alex and her mother Maia receive a package in the mail.
Inside are the countless notebooks, cassettes and photographs that Maia, between the ages of 13 and 18, sent from Beirut to her best friend who had left for Paris to escape the war. Maia refuses to open this Pandora's box. Alex, on the other hand, is irresistibly attracted to these testimonies of an unknown past and discovers, between fantasy and reality, her mother's tumultuous adolescence, her first love and the murderous war bringing to the surface well-kept secrets. With these revelations, Alex will convince her mother to return to Lebanon, after 25 years of exile, to face the ghosts of her past.

"This film is based on the notebooks and tapes I would send to my friend who had to leave Beirut. I stayed, and we wrote to each other every day for six years. Then we lost touch, and when we met again 25 years later, we exchanged these notebooks. You always rewrite your own history. You keep some memories, while others you just forget. But I couldn't lie to myself when I was reading these diaries or listening to my own voice. It's also about your dreams - what have you done with them? Who have you become? This question can be very moving." (Joana Hadjithomas)