In Syria (Insyriated)


Sequoia 1 Fri, Oct 6, 2017 9:00 PM
Rafael 1 Mon, Oct 9, 2017 1:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Focus: Hiding & Seeking
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:86 min.
Director:Philippe Van Leeuw
Producer:Guillaume Malandrin
Serge Zeitoun
Screenwriter:Philippe Van Leeuw
Cinematographer:Virginie Surdej
Editor:Gladys Joujou
Cast:Hiam Abbass
Diamand Abou Abboud
Juliette Navis
Note Writer:Frako Loden


FOCUS: HIDING & SEEKING Amid sounds of gunfire and shelling, an extended family wakes up to another morning in war-torn Damascus, the only remaining residents in a middle-class apartment building commandeered by combatants and thugs. In peacetime, she might be called a control freak, but in wartime, it is mother and daughter-in-law Oum Yazan who holds everyone together by barking out orders and stern reassurances that they will survive the siege despite the bombardments. Then intruders bang on the door and war’s horror comes inside. Belgian cinematographer Philippe van Leeuw follows up his harrowing 2009 The Day God Walked Away, about a woman in the Rwandan genocide, with another wrenching story of civilians caught in the middle of conflict. The winner of the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, In Syria boasts a remarkable ensemble cast and a stunning performance by its lead, Palestinian actress/director Hiam Abbass.

In association with Arab Film Festival.