A Watsch Films Company

A Perfect Day

A film by Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

Drama, 2005

Twenty four hours in the life of Malek, a young man living in the present day with his mother Claudia in Beirut. He suffers from narcolepsy and falls asleep as soon as he stops moving. On this day, Malek manages to convince his mother to talk to a lawyer in order to officially declare the death of his father, who disappeared 15 years earlier. The young man then loses himself in Beirut, among its streets and its bars, in his quest to find Zeina, the woman he loves, hoping she will give him a second chance. What if today was the « perfect day » to escape from one’s ghosts and to find those who were lost?  

Producers Mille et Une Productions (Anne-Cécile Berthomeau & Edouard Mauriat), Abbout Productions (Georges Schoucair)
Co-Producers Twenty Twenty Vision (Thanassis Karathanos)
Screenwriters Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
Cinematography Jeanne Lapoirie
Editor Tina Baz-Le Gal
Sound Guillaume Le Braz, Sylvain Malbrant, Olivier Goinard
Music Composer Scrambled Eggs, Soap Kills
World Sales & Distributors Celluloid Dreams
With the participation of  The Fund for French-Speaking Audiovisual Production in Southern Countries (Intergovernmental Agency of the Francophonie and the CIRTEF), Fonds Sud Cinéma
Cast Ziad Saad, Julia Kassar, Alexandra Kahwagi

Festivals & Awards

Locarno International film Festival – Fipresci Award, Don Quichotte Award, Festival des 3 Continents de Nantes – Silver Balloon, Best Actor, Best Original Music, Namur International Film – Bayard d’Or for Best Actor, Special Mention for Best Film, Musqat Film Festival – Golden Dagger for Best Film, Alexandria IFF – Directing Award, Toronto International Film Festival, Athens Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Belgrade Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.