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Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

Je veux voir

I Want to see

Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige

France, Lebanon 2008. 75 Min.
Color. 35mm. F/Arabic/E/e

Vorfilm

Barmeh (Rounds)

Regie: Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

Libanon 2002. 7 Min.

Farbe. DCP. Arabisch

 

Der libanesische Schauspieler Rabih Mroué sitzt im Auto, fährt durch Beirut und sinniert über die sich täglich ändernde Verkehrsführung. Innen und aussen, Fiktion und Realität, um eine ganze, vom Krieg zerstörte Stadt zu spüren.

Hadjithomas and Joreige place their unforgettable story I Want to See in the heart of film art, in this world that on the one hand consists of stars and fictional spectacle, and on the other hand also tells immersive documentary narratives of everyday lives. What happens if you invite Catherine Deneuve – the muse of upmarket French cinema par excellence – to cross the ruins in southern Lebanon, left behind by the war of 2006, together with the famous Lebanese actor and video artist Rabih Mroué? The duo behind the camera – and sometimes in front of it – sends Deneuve and Mroué on a memorable, at times deceptively improvised day trip. Several incidents disrupt their journey and give them an idea of the catastrophic consequences of the war, which destroyed Rabih Mroué's home village. He would have loved to show the icon his parents' house: but only rubble remains. A great star and a great actor are caught up in a real story of destruction. The genuine amazement behind the masks of the public figures drives the filmmakers on, as they – not without mischievous intentions – lead their two protagonists onto a stage that bristles with glamourous extravagance. (jp)

CREDITS

DirectorJoana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
ScreenplayJoana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
CinematographyJulien Hirsch
EditingEnrica Gattolini
MusicScrambled Eggs
WithCatherine Deneuve, Rabih Mroué
ProducersTony Arnoux, Anne-Cécile Berthomeau, Farès Ladjimi, Edouard Mauriat, Georges Schoucair
DistributionFilms Boutiques, Berlin, www.filmsboutique.com

Joana Hadjithomas

The works of Joana Hadjithomas, born in Beirut in the summer of 1969 and raised during the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), dig up traces of the history of a country that to this day is marked by war, assassinations, corruption and Mafia-like politics. Since the early 1990ies, she works with Khalil Joreige, establishing thematic and formal links between photography, video, performance, installation, sculpture, and cinema, being documentary or fiction film. Together, they have directed numerous films that have been shown and awarded in  important international film festivals like Cannes (Je veux voir, 2008) or Berlin (Memory Box, 2021), before having theatrical releases in many countries. Their artworks are part of major private and public collections including British Museum (London), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), or Solomon R Guggenheim Museum (New York).

Khalil Joreige

The works of Khalil Joreige, born in Beirut in the summer of 1969 and raised during the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), dig up traces of the history of a country that to this day is marked by war, assassinations, corruption and Mafia-like politics. Since the early 1990ies, he works with Joana Hadjithomas, establishing thematic and formal links between photography, video, performance, installation, sculpture, and cinema, being documentary or fiction film. Together, they have directed numerous films that have been shown and awarded in  important international film festivals like Cannes (Je veux voir, 2008) or Berlin (Memory Box, 2021), before having theatrical releases in many countries. Their artworks are part of major private and public collections including British Museum (London), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), or Solomon R Guggenheim Museum (New York).