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A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day

by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

A day in the life of Malek, a young man who suffers from sleep disorders and is obsessed with thoughts about his ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, his overprotective mother struggles with the disappearance of her husband, who was kidnapped more than 15 years ago during the civil war.

Germany / Lebanon / France , 88 min.

A whole day in the intimacy of Malek, a young Lebanese. He is suffering from a rare disease: narcolepsy. He suddenly falls asleep and sometimes even stops breathing. This gives him the idea of always arriving too late. Like in a landscape after a battle… Meanwhile, his overprotective mother lives with an excessive anguish since her husband has been kidnapped fifteen years ago during the civil war. On this very day, Malek and his mother finally decide to officially declare the death of the father. At the same time Malek moves away from his mother, struggling with his obsessive love for Zeina who left him a few days before. He can’t stand it. Through the City of Beirut he follows her everywhere…in a distance, fighting against his tiredness and the ubiquitous risk of a sudden sleep overwhelming him. “A perfect day” is not about big events but about small gestures and close views, of rooms, people and the City of Beirut.

Actor / Actress Character
Ziad Saad Malek
Julia Kassar Claudia
AlexandraKahwagi Zeina
Director Joana Hadjithomas
Khalil Joreige
Script Joana Hadjithomas
Khalil Joreige
Producer Thanassis Karathanos
Joana Hadjithomas
Khalil Joreige
Edouard Mauria
in co-production with FUNDS SUD CINEMA – Ministry of Culture and Communication,
CNC – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (France), WORLD CINEMA FUND, TV5
German distributor Arsenal Film Verleih
World Sales Celluloid Dreams
Director of Photography Jeanne Lapoire
Editor Tina Baz
Sound Design Sylvain Malbrant
Re-recording mixer Oliver Goinard
Set-Design Sophie Khayat
Music Scrambled Egg Soap Kills

International Premiere:

08.2005, 56th Int. Filmfestival Locarno

Festivals / Awards (selection):

Namur Francophone Festival, 2005
-Winner of the Special Mention of the Jury
Bayard d´Or for Best Actor Ziad Saad

Nantes Festival des 3 Continents, 2005
-Winner of the Mongolfière d’Agent
Prix de la Création Musicale
Prix du Meilleur Acteur

Winner of the Prix d’Aide à la Distribution, Belfort 2005

Locarno IFF – Wettbwerb, 2005
Don Quijotte Award from Federation of Film Societies

Muscat International Film Festival,2006
Best Director Award

Namur IFF, 2005

Toronto IFF, 2005

Tribeca IFF, 2006

Athens IFF, 2005

Montreal New Cinema, 2005

London IFF, 2005

Tokyo Filmex, 2005

Dubai IFF, 2005

Reykjavik IFF, 2005

Rotterdam IFF, 2006

Alba Infinity Festival, 2006

Istanbul IFF, 2006

Hong Kong IFF, 2006

Seattle IFF, 2006

Sydney IFF, 2006

Munich IFF, 2006