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Full Memory

A young man is living a normal life in Europe but he has to face the dark truth about his past.

  • Adolf El Assal
    Sawah, Les Fameux Gars
  • Adolf El Assal
  • Mazen Haj Kassem
  • Adolf El Assal
  • Mazen Haj Kassem
    Key Cast
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    12 minutes 27 seconds
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    August 31, 2021
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    Black & White
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Director Biography - Adolf El Assal

Born in Alexandria (Egypt), Adolf El Assal has spent most of his childhood between the UAE, UK, France and Luxembourg. After his graduation with a MA in filmmaking from Kingston University (UK) in 2008, his first feature film as a producer, DIVIZIONZ was selected at the Berlin International Film Festival and was screened at over 100 festivals plus it was sold to more than 30 territories. In 2011, he directed the award-winning short films LA FAMEUSE ROUTE... and MANO DE DIOS. In 2012, he completed his first feature film LES FAMEUX GARS, that he produced, directed and successfully distributed in French-speaking countries. He has recently completed his second feature film SAWAH, which had a very solid international film festival run (over 80 selections, 21 prizes) and is the first feature film by a Luxembourg director to be sold to Netflix (46 countries). It has just been released on DVD/Blu-Ray in the US across 5000 Walmart stores. His upcoming feature film HOOPED is slated for 2023 and he has directed 5 episodes on the Belgian comedy series BARAKI that will have its public broadcast in September 2021. Ady is also a Berlinale Talents as well as an EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneur) and Screen Leaders alumni. He is a European Film Academy member and is working on the creative part of the Luxembourg pavilion at the Expo 2020 in Dubai.

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Director Statement

I always wanted to tell a story of a political refugee and how that person has to start a new life from scratch in an unknown territory. With Full Memory, my aim is to show the psychological point of view of how refugees could feel especially showing their loneliness as well as their psychological state of mind. I wrote, shot and edited this short film in 48 hours as a challenge to myself plus I wanted to have the camera as close as possible to the main character in order to feel his ordeal. Choosing black and white is a choice that I decided to take in order to show how lonely and empty people can become especially if they are nostalgic about their past.