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A Perfect Day

International title A Perfect Day
Country Francia, Líbano, Alemania
Year 2005
Running time 88
Director Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
Screenplay Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
Film Editing Tina BazLe Gall
Photography Jeanne Lapoirie
Music Scrambled Eggs, Soap Kills
Producer Mille et Une Productions E.

Abbout Productions (Líbano) Twenty Twenty Vision (Alemania)
Distribution Company Celluloid Dreams
Synopsis Fifteen years ago, the civil war in Lebanon killed over 100,000 civilians, whereas 17,000 went missing, among the latter Claudia's husband, the father of her son. Today it is the day when he will be officially declared dead and Claudia and her son Malek will become widow and orphan. But, even when a piece of paper says so, he still has his clothes in the wardrobe and his side of the bed is still empty. Claudia has spent all that time of forced waiting game devoted to her son, watching over him, controlling and overprotecting him. Malek has his own troubles: an ex-girlfriend he never quite got over and still stalks all over a rebuilt Beirut, along with his narcolepsy fits, which make his time simply slip away.
Director bio Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige were born in Beirut and have worked together extensively as artists and filmmakers. They teach at the Institut d'Études Scéniques Audiovisuelles et Cinématographiques at the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut. They wrote and directed their first feature film Around the Pink House in 1999, which was followed by the documentaries Khiam (2000) and The Lost Film (2003) and the short film Ashes (2003). A Perfect Day is their second feature film, shown in Toronto, Locarno and London film festivals