(Lebanon/France/Belgium/2017—directed by Philippe Van Leeuw)
Trapped inside her house in a city under siege, Oum (Hiam Abbass of The Syrian Bride and Blade Runner 2049) turns her flat into a safe harbor for her children and neighbors, trying to protect them from the war outside. As bombs threaten the building, snipers turn courtyards into deadly zones, and burglars invade to claim their bounties, maintaining a daily routine inside the walls – while avoiding the urge to panic – becomes a matter of life and death. Audience Award for Best Fiction Film, 2017 Berlin Film Festival. In Arabic with English subtitles. (96 min.)
“A masterful drama. Immersive filmmaking and striking performances create a devastatingly intimate study of the effects of war on ordinary people.” -Nikki Baughan, Sight & Sound
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