France / Lebanon, 2005 (MIFF 2006, Homelands Now)
Director: Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
A film about sensations, atmosphere, frames of mind, wrong tracks, and vivid situations in the fascinating and paradoxical town that is Beirut today.” - Tribeca Film Festival
A perfect 24 hours in modern-day Beirut, a day in which Claudia is finally ready to come to terms with her husband's disappearance 15 years earlier while her son, the narcoleptic Malek, searches the chaotic streets for his own lost love, Zeina.
Moving between the old and the new and existing in an emotional void, Claudia and Malek are dislocated and numbed by the trauma of the Lebanese Civil War in which 17,000 vanished. As Beirut's past is interrupted by its future, this is a perfect day to end the harrowing wait, to put old ghosts to rest and to search for a new future while not forgetting the past.
“A Perfect Day evocatively captures a nation finding itself at a crossroads between war and peace, pain and resolution.”
- London Film Festival
D Joana Hadjithomas Khalil Joreige P Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige, Edouard Mauriat WS Celluloid Dreams L Arabic w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2005/88mins
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige were both born in Beirut, Lebanon, 1969. Their films include Around the Pink House (1999) and Ashes (2003).