• In Syria

    Directed by Philippe Van Leeuw
    Lebanon/Belgium/France | 85 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • In Syria

    Directed by Philippe Van Leeuw
    Lebanon/Belgium/France | 85 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • In Syria

    Directed by Philippe Van Leeuw
    Lebanon/Belgium/France | 85 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • In Syria

    Directed by Philippe Van Leeuw
    Lebanon/Belgium/France | 85 minutes | World Cinema Now

Confined to her home by bullets and falling bombs, a determined matriarch in Damascus must do what it takes to keep her loved ones safe while they await help that may or may not arrive. Razor-sharp tension and spectacular performances propel Philippe Van Leeuw’s intense and topical drama.

Schedule

January 11, 2018 3:45 PM Palm Canyon Theatre Tickets not available
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January 13, 2018 6:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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film synopsis

A determined matriarch must protect her home from threatening outside forces in Damascus, Syria, a city under constant siege.

Played by Hiam Abbass (The Visitor; Paradise Now), Oum Yazan is a strong willed and resolute mother who witnesses a terrible act while in the company of her housemaid. Oum’s husband is out getting help, and falling bombs and bullets confine the family and a few neighbors to the crowded apartment. While barricaded, Oum must do what it takes to keep her loved ones safe, awaiting help that may or may not arrive.

Razor-sharp tension underscores every scene of writer/director Philippe Van Leeuw’s powerful and absorbing drama. Spectacular performances by both Abbas and Diamand Abou Abboud (also seen in this year’s The Insult), as Oum’s neighbor Halima, propel this intense and topical film about the struggle of everyday people in modern Syria, where privates homes can be both strongholds and prisons.

film details

Country: Lebanon/Belgium/France
Year: 2017
Running Time: 85 minutes
Language: Arabic (deaf-friendly)
Subtitles: Yes
Awards: Label Europa Cinemas, Panorama Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival; Politiken’s Audience Award, CPH PIX
Director: Philippe Van Leeuw
Producers: Guillaume Malandrin, Serge Zeitoun, Pierre Sarraf
Principal Cast: Hiam Abbass, Diamand Abou Abboud, Juliette Navis
Cinematographers: Virginie Surdej
Editor: Gladys Joujou
Music: Jean-Luc Fafchamps
Screenwriter: Philippe Van Leeuw

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