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MP6: Contemporary Art Festival from the Arab World

Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

2012, March 10
20:30-21:30
Upper Stage
50 min
This lecture-performance is inspired by an extraordinary experience that took place during the 2006 Beirut premiere of this duet's film.
10 € | Concs. 5 €
2-sessions ticket: 14 €
3-sessions ticket: 18 €
Meeting Points All ticket
The event is a Marathon of Solos and Performances session of Meeting Points 6

Aida, Save Me (2009)

This lecture-performance is inspired by an extraordinary experience that took place during the 2006 Beirut premiere of Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige’s film A Perfect Day, when Aida –the protagonist of the lecture– recognized in a fake newspaper clip made for the film to announce a missing person, the image of Antoine, her previous husband. “Antoine was looking at me and saying: ‘Aida, save me. I don’t know what I’m doing in this film, save me!’ ”, Aida told the filmmakers. From this moment, they got involved in a series of eerie coincidences: the fictive date they chose for Antoine’s disappearance met the anniversary of his marriage with Aida, his assassination while the film was still screened in Lebanon... all kind of incidents jeopardizing the career of the film in their homeland. Moreover, Aida decided to sue them, until they managed to reach a compromise when they agreed to cut Antoine’s image for Lebanon’s screenings. “Beyond this territory, he could remain a character, and she was able to put up with the fiction”, Hadjithomas said. Aida, Save Me tells a story that measures the distance between recognition and representation of oneself, and recounts an adventure wherein fiction suddenly takes on documentation.

Born in Beirut, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige are filmmakers, artists and university teachers. Together, they have created numerous photographic installations and videos such as the Wonder Beirut project, The Circle of Confusion, Lasting Images shown in several museums and galleries around the world. They have also directed feature films: Around the Pink House and A Perfect Day; short films: Ashes and Open the Door Please; and documentaries: Khiam 2000-2007 and The Lost Film. Their films have been very enthusiastically received, presented in many international festivals, released in several countries, and won many awards. Their feature film I Want to See/Je veux voir, starring Catherine Deneuve and Rabih Mroué premiered at the Cannes film Festival and received the award of Best Singular Film of the year 2008 by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics.

credits

Aida, Save Me (2009)
lecture performance

Co-production: Les Halles de Shaerbeck, Chantier TEMPS D’IMAGES 2009
French with surtitles in Greek