Official Selection 2022
Danielle Arbid

I GIVE MY HEART A MEDAL FOR LETTING GO OF YOU

France / 2021 / Cellular phone, DVCAM, 8 mm / 14’
World Premiere

Danielle Arbid works at the heart of feelings, from one film to the next, the most recent Simple Passion (2021) based on Annie Ernaux embodies the quintessence of this. Less well-known is a more intimate, long-term filmic work entitled Ma famille libanaise. The series began with Conversations de salon I & II (2004), I give my heart a medal for letting go of you is the last chapter. This series creates a kind of episodic diary, as she feels the need to explore her relationships with those closest to her (father, mother, brothers, lovers, etc.). With no agenda and no rules other than those imposed by each film, from which she sometimes draws the threads to reveal the intimate effects of the upheavals of history. The starting point of this ninth opus is a photo intended for a lover and never sent. A real event? One assumes so, bearing in mind this phrase heard on the fly, evoking her favourite subject, this space between memory and reinvention, “until I can no longer decipher the border between projection and memory”. The tone is set and little more is revealed about this love story, announced as the premise of the film. Carried by a love of words and storytelling, Danielle Arbid opens up the recesses of her memory – from her childhood in Beirut to her exile in Paris due to the war, her relationship with her parents, her lovers… A retrospective gaze which goes round in circles, with the recurrence and digressions of a life torn to shreds. From woman to child and back again, an enchanted criss-crossing of time and identity unfolds. Of such an undertaking she thwarts the expectations, as demonstrated by the work on the very material of the images and voices. It is a paradoxical plunge for an exercise in self-construction in which her character takes shape.
(Nicolas Feodoroff)

Technical sheet

Original version : french
Subtitles : english
Script : Danielle Arbid
Photography : Danielle Arbid.
Editing : Danielle Arbid, Clément Pinteaux
Sound : Danielle Arbid

Production : Danielle Arbid.

Filmography :
Allô Chérie, 2015-2022
Passion Simple, 2020
Souvenirs de violence, 2019
Blackjack, 2018
Parisienne (Peur de rien), 2015
Beyrouth hôtel, 2011
Conversation de salon 4, 5 et 6, 2009
This smell of sex, 2008
Un homme perdu, 2007
Conversation de Salon 1, 2 et 3, 2004
Nous / Nihna, 2004
In the battlefields, 2004
Aux frontières, 2002
Étrangère, 2002
Seule avec la guerre, 2000
Le passeur, 1999
Raddem, 1998.

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