Audience Award Berlin International Film Festival

Thursday - 05/25/2017
7:00 PM - Cinema im Ostertor 
Fiction / Insyriated / Belgium, France, Libanon / 2017 / Language: Arabic / Subtitles: German / 75 Min.
Director: Philippe Van Leeuw
Writer: Philippe Van Leeuw
Producer: Guillaume Malandrin, Serge Zeitoun
Cinematographer: Virginie Surdej
Editor: Gladys Joujou
Sound: Chadi Roukoz
Music: Jean-Luc Fafchamps
Costume Design: Claire Dubien
Cast: Hiam Abbass, Diamand Abou Abboud, Juliette Navis, Mohsen Abbas, Moustapha Al Kar, Alissar Kaghadou, Ninar Halabi, Mohammad Jihad Sleik

In the midst of war-torn Damascus a family has systematically barricaded their apartment to create a last remaining refuge. Oum Yazan lives here with her little son, her two teenage daughters as well as her father-in-law and desperately tries to keep up everyday routines – not only for her family but also for her daughter’s boyfriend and the young neighbours. While gunshots ring out outside the windows of the mostly abandoned house, inside the moring time in the bathroom is being negotiated, lunch is being prepared and the cupboards are being dusted.
There are only two moments in which the camera dares to advance into the hallway. The family almost never leaves the apartment and their alleged sanctuary is progressively becoming a prison, in which every decision can have fatal consequences.