Lebanon, July 2006. Israel is fighting Hezbollah. Even though Marwan is about to emigrate to Canada with his wife, Rana, he wants to take advantage of a brief ceasefire to get his father out of the war zone. But the fighting flares up again. Marwan, who becomes separated from the worried Rana, is forced to take refuge with two friends of his father in one of the few houses still standing. A desperate married couple join them. Suddenly, they hear the voices of Israeli soldiers above them, unaware of their downstairs 'neighbours'. As bombs rain down, the tension rises.

In his first fiction feature, artist and filmmaker Ahmad Ghossein portrays war as a claustrophobic situation. An oppressively realistic impression in which the soundtrack plays a major role, sparingly interspersed with shards of memory, imagination or hope. Winner of awards, including the Critics' Week audience award in Venice.

Screenings

  • Wed 29 Jan LantarenVenster 1
    With Q&A
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  • Thu 30 Jan Pathé 2
    With Q&A
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  • Fri 31 Jan Schouwburg Grote Zaal
    With Q&A
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  • Sat 1 Feb Cinerama 4
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Original title
Jeedar el sot
Filmmaker
Ahmad Ghossein
Country
Lebanon, France
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
94’
Language
Arabic
Producer
Myriam Sassine, Alice Ormières
Production Company
Abbout Productions, Surprise Alley
Sales
WTFilms
Writer
Ahmad Ghossein, Abla Khoury, Syllas Tzoumerkas
Cinematography
Shadi Chaaban
Editor
Yannis Chalkiadakis
Production Design
Hussein Baydoun
Sound Design
Rana Eid
Music
Khyam Allami
Cast
Karam Ghossein, Adel Chahine, Boutros Rouhana, Issam Bou Khaled, Sahar Minkara Karame, Flavia Juska Bechara, Cynthia Sawma