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A film by
Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

Written by
Gaëlle Macé, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige

Rim Turki, Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier

2020 – France, Canada, Lebanon,  – French, Arabic, English – 102 minutes – Color

Awards & Festivals
71st Berlinale – Competition





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 Alexsecretly 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.


Director: Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
Writers: Gaëlle Macé, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
Coproducers: Haut et court (France) – Carole Scotta & Barbara Letellier, Abbout Productions (Lebanon) – Georges Schoucair & Christian Eid, micro_scope (Canada) Luc Déry, Kim McCraw & Jasmyrh Lemoine

Cinematographer: Josée Deshaies
Production designer: Laurent Brett
Costume designer: Lara Mae Khamis
Editor: Tina Baz
Original score: Radwan Ghazi Moumneh & Charbel Haber
Sound: Guillaume Le Braz, Rana Eid, Olivier Goinard