Damas, au péril du souvenir

Marie Seurat
France, Syria, 66 min
World premiere

After a long exile, director Marie Seurat returns to Syria. She would like to buy a house but, wandering the streets of Damascus, she is disorientated by distant memories and the sounds of the present. History rises to the surface, right down to today’s tragic events. Her voice glides over the images, as if composing a letter to her husband, Michel Seurat, killed 30 years ago by Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Marie Seurat was born in Aleppo, in a Christian family. Like many other Syrians facing persecutions under the Assad regime, she left and settled abroad. In France, she embarked on a career as a graphic artist, and more recently as a writer and filmmaker. After a long exile, she returns to Syria. She would like to buy a house, but it is not the right time. A wind of popular revolt is blowing and, wandering the streets of Damascus, she is disorientated by distant memories and the sounds of the present. History rises to the surface, extending to the tragic events of the present time.  Her voice glides over the images, as if composing a letter to her husband, Michel Seurat, killed 30 years ago by Hezbollah in Lebanon. “Giving my hand free rein, I draw the outlines of the different neighbourhoods. Blue for the Christian district. Green for the Muslim. And for the Jewish, it will be orange. 2000 years of history sketched in a moment. That’s how I deal with the shock inflicted by these events, how I get it out of my system” (MS).

Luciano Barisone

Translation BMP Translations

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Duration
66 min
Year
2012
Country
France, Syria
Sections
International Feature Film Competition
Regard Neuf
Premiere
World premiere
Languages
French, Arabic
Subtitles
French
Production
Serge Lalou
Sales Contact
Céline Païnicourrier@lesfilmsdici.fr+33144522323

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