Belgian director Philippe Van Leeuw took home the Panorama Audience Award at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival for this transfixing portrayal of life in war-torn Damascus. Trapped inside her own home as the city around her is reduced to rubble, mother of three Oum Yazan takes comfort in the familiarity of household routine. The streets below are a war zone, with a barricaded doorway providing the only protection from the threat of deadly bombs and sniper fire. When the world outside finally bursts in, she is forced to make a terrible sacrifice in order to protect those she loves.
Executed with gut-punch realism and formal flair, this chilling chamber piece digs deep into the headlines to expose the rawness of human experience beneath. Tense and immersive, it is a powerful and timely portrait of the everyday fight for survival amid the bloody chaos of the Syrian conflict.
Producer: Guillaume Malandrin, Serge Zeitoun | Editor: Gladys Joujou | Cinematographer: Virginie Surdej | Screenwriter: Philippe Van Leeuw
Cast: Hiam Abbass, Diamand Bou Abboud, Juliette Navis, Mohsen Abbas, Moustapha Al Kar
Additional Countries: France