The Insult


Rafael 3 Sun, Oct 8, 2017 2:30 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Tue, Oct 10, 2017 9:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:113 min.
Director:Ziad Doueiri
Producer:Jean Brehat
Rachid Bouchareb
Julie Gayet
Screenwriter:Ziad Doueiri
Cinematographer:Tommaso Fiorilli
Editor:Dominique Marcombe
Cast:Adel Karam. Kamel El Basha
Camille Salameh
Diamand Abou Abboud
Print Source:Cohen Media Group
Note Writer:Frako Loden


A minor disagreement sparks an unforgivable insult, which ignites a confrontation of national importance in this riveting courtroom drama by Lebanese writer-director Ziad Doueiri (The Attack, MVFF 2012). Tony, a Christian Phalanges Party supporter who runs an auto repair shop and whose wife is expecting a baby, clashes with Yasser, a Palestinian construction foreman, over an illegal drainpipe. It seems like a trivial incident involving bruised male egos that could easily be resolved with an apology—so their wives think—but an impulsive insult escalates the case dramatically. Now Tony and Yasser become supporting players in a battle pitting celebrity lawyers, TV news, and political leaders, culminating in a trial that rips open raw memories of Lebanon's violent past. Nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, this intelligent, politically charged drama is a thoughtful parable of the unrepaired schisms and unhealed wounds of history that continue to rupture in everyday life.
In association with the Arab Film Festival