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by Khalil Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas


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.

international title: Memory Box
original title: Memory Box
working title: The Notebooks
country: France, Canada, Lebanon, Qatar
sales agent: Playtime
year: 2021
genre: fiction
directed by: Khalil Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas
film run: 104'
screenplay: Gaëlle Macé, Khalil Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas
cast: Rim Turki, Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier, Clémence Sabbagh, Hassan Akil
cinematography by: Josée Deshaies
film editing: Tina Baz
art director: Maïa El Khoury, Mary Lynn Deachman, Franckie Diago
costumes designer: Lara Mae Khamis
music: Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Charbel Haber
producer: Carole Scotta, Georges Schoucair, Christian Eid, Barbara Letellier, Luc Déry, Kim McCraw, Jasmyrh Lemoine
executive producer: Carole Scotta
line producer: Abla Khoury, Lara Karam Chekerdjian
production: Haut et Court, Abbout Productions (LB), micro_scope (CA), Abbout Production (QA)
backing: Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC)
distributor: Haut et Court

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