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Sarcophagus of Drunken Loves

Film still from Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige’s film “Sarcophagus of Drunken Loves”. People shine some light onto an otherwise blacked-out space, and a statue and staircase can be seen on the left side of the frame.
© Abbout Productions
  • Director

    Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

  • Lebanon, France / 2024
    8 min. / Without dialogue

Today, in Lebanon, power cuts are not an event, they are a new state. Even the national museum is often deprived of electricity. But visitors want to see, despite everything. Armed with their phones, they come to visit the traces of past civilizations as their world crumbles. And so, in the darkness, shadows appear and things organize themselves differently, strangely…

Filmmakers and artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige work between photography, installations, video, and cinema, experimenting with both documentary and fiction film forms. They question the fabrication of images and representations, the construction of imaginaries, and the writing of history. They are recipients of the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize and their artworks form part of prominent exhibitions and collections.

Production Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige. Production company Abbout Productions (Beirut, Lebanon). Director Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige. Cinematography Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige, Maissa Maatouk. Editing Pierre Mouzannar. Music Charbel Haber, Sary Moussa, Nadim Mishlawi. Sound Lama Sawaya.

Films (selection): 1999: Al Bayt al Zaher / Around the Pink House (92 min.). 2003: Al Film Al Mafkoud / The Lost Film (42 min.), Ramad / Ashes (26 min.). 2005: Yawmoun Akhar / A Perfect Day (88 min.). 2006: Open the door, please (11 min.). 2008: Khiam 2000-2007 (103 min.), Je veux voir / I want to see (75 min.). 2016: Ismyrna (53 min.). 2021: Memory Box (95 min., Competition 2021). 2024: Sarcophagus of Drunken Loves.

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