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 Roukoz
Design: Kathy Lebrun

Costumes: Claire Dubien

Make-up: Muriëlle Vercruysse

Assistant Director: Jean-François Ravagnan

Producers: Guillaume Malandrin, Serge Zeitoun

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