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Insyriated

Energetic Oum Yazan is trying desperately to keep together her family life whilst outside a war is raging. The family sits together around a large table at midday, everyone trying to make themselves heard above the cannonade of bombs and machine gun fire. There is hardly any water and every trip outside the door spells danger on account of the snipers on the rooftops above. While Grandfather plays with his little grandchild, the oldest daughter flirts with her boyfriend in her room. Next door a young couple with a baby are planning their escape. Up above, threatening noises can be heard. Who’s that knocking at the door? Could it be Oum Yazan’s husband whose return she has been anxiously awaiting, or are there strange men outside, looking for valuables? Just a few shots are necessary to draw the viewer into the permanent state of emergency that is war. The apartment that was once a familiar home has now become a prison. Philippe Van Leeuw’s huis clos describes people in an extreme situation that gives rise to extreme behaviour. Every decision could be a matter of life or death: is it morally acceptable to sacrifice one member of the family to guarantee the survival of the others?

by
Philippe Van Leeuw

Belgium / France / Lebanon 2017

Arabic

85 min · Colour

With

Hiam Abbass (Oum Yazan)
Diamand Abou Abboud (Halima)
Juliette Navis (Delhani)
Mohsen Abbas (Abou Monzer)
Moustapha Al Kar (Samir)
Alissar Kaghadou (Yara)
Ninar Halabi (Aliya)
Mohammad Jihad Sleik (Yazan)

Crew

Written and directed by
Philippe Van Leeuw
Director of Photography
Virginie Surdej
Editor
Gladys Joujou
Music
Jean-Luc Fafchamps
Sound Design
Paul Heymans, Olivier Mortier, Alek Gosse
Sound
Chadi Roukoz
Production Design
Kathy Lebrun
Costumes
Claire Dubien
Make-up
Muriëlle Vercruysse
Assistant Director
Jean-François Ravagnan
Producers
Guillaume Malandrin, Serge Zeitoun
Co-producers
Tomas Leyers, Pierre Sarraf, Philippe Logie, Olivier Bronckart, Jacques Henri Bronckart
Co-production
Minds Meet, Brüssel
Né à Beyrouth, Beirut
Versus Production, Brüssel
Voo, Brüssel
Be Tv, Brüssel

Biography

Philippe Van Leeuw

Born in Brussels, Belgium in 1954, he currently lives in Paris. He studied at the INSAS film school in Brussels and then moved to Los Angeles to study cinematography at the American Film Institute where his teachers included Sven Nykvist and Conrad Hall. After returning to Europe, he was cinematographer on various documentaries and commercials. His first feature film as a cinematographer was La vie de Jésus (The Life of Jesus) by Bruno Dumont in 1997. Since then he has switched to directing fiction with The Day God Walked Away being his debut film as a director.

Filmography

2009 The Day God Walked Away 2017 Insyriated

Produced by

Altitude 100 production
Brüssel, Belgium
+32 477 605573

Liaison Cinematographique
Paris, France
+33 1 43570701

World sales

Films Boutique
Berlin, Germany
+49 30 69537850

www.filmsboutique.com

Dates

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    Sat Feb 11 20:00
    CinemaxX 7 (E)
  • 120233
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    Sun Feb 12 22:45
    CineStar 3 (E)
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    Mon Feb 13 14:00
    International (E)
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    Fri Feb 17 20:00
    CinemaxX 7 (E)
  • 190873
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    Sun Feb 19 22:30
    Cubix 7 (E)
    Simultaneously in Cubix 7 & 8
Panorama Audience Award: Award Ceremony Fiction Film and Documentary

Insyriated

  • 190082
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    Sun Feb 19 17:00
    CinemaxX 7 (E)
    Award Ceremony presented by radioeins and rbb Fernsehen followed by the screening of the awarded fiction film