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Around the Pink House

A Feature film by Khalil Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas

Produced by Mille et Une Productions

Release in France : 15/12/1999


    Everything's fine. Or so everything would lead us to believe in post-war Beirut, now one of the biggest building sites in the world. It would be nice if war were just a passing accident, a temporary parenthesis. But that means trying to hide the wound without healing it first. The pink house has been a witness through all the years, a keeper of many secrets, a metaphor for memory. It acts like a mirror where everyone projects fantasies and fears, where everyone reveals hopes and wounds. Yet the pink house is going to be destroyed. . .

    Actors (8)

    Production and distribution (2)

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    Mille et Une Productions

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    Making a film in Beirut is first of all an attempt to claim your existence. Without French and Quebec coproducers, a film like ours could never have been made. Lebanese production is minimal and risky, individual initiative sporadic right at a time when we've never had more need to see our images, to rediscover the way back to ourselves. Post-war Lebanon suffers from an absence of time, a crushing supremacy of space. Reconstruction's clean sweep acts like a machine wiping out memories. It's reached the point where we wonder if this is truly necessary. The "present" has been lost between the obsessive search for the "future" and nostalgia for the pre-crime "past." With this film we want to record an action in the present, seize the possibility of living right now.

    Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige – Directors

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    Executive Producers :

    Jean Danserau, Édouard Mauriat, Anne-Cécile Berthomeau

    Sound Recordist :

    Ludovic Hénault

    Production Designer :

    Frédéric Bénard

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre David

    Editor :

    Tina Baz Le Gal

    Music Composer :

    Robert Marcel Lepage

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    Feature film

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    Majority French (France)

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    1 h 32 min

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