Philippe Van Leeuw’s claustrophobic and powerful film throws us amongst a middle-class family, barricaded inside their flat in the middle of the city. Whilst in the distance, war rages, nearby snipers lie in wait, and opportunistic men stalk the streets. As what’s going on outside makes its way inside, formidable matriarch Oum Yazan (Hiam Abbass) is the one charged with making the sorts of decisions no-one should ever have to make... This nerve-wracking study of life in Damascus won an Audience Award at Berlinale.

Release date: 08/09/2017
Openingsfilm at the Film Fest Gent - 10 october 2017

Writer and director: 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 RoukozProduction
Design: Kathy Lebrun
Costumes: Claire Dubien
Make-up: Muriëlle Vercruysse
Assistant Director: Jean-François Ravagnan
Producers: Guillaume Malandrin, Serge Zeitoun

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