Philippe Van Leeuw’s intense »Insyriated« is a depiction of a single day in Damascus during the Syrian war. Claustrophobically limited to a single apartment, the action of the small space reflects the horrors of the ongoing war, the sounds of which constantly find their way through the thin walls. A family is in hiding, headed by the matriarch Oum Yazan, who is determined to keep them out of danger, whatever the cost. As the following events show, however, it is impossible to wholly escape the terror of war.
Tightly shot with a dramatic and well-structured script, »Insyriated« maintains the tension of a thriller while opening up intriguing discourse on morality and depicting a powerful portrayal of a courageous woman. It allows for an important and acutely gripping illustration of the life and survival of the many civilians trapped in the middle of Syria’s seemingly endless war.

Insyriated poster
Title
Insyriated
Director
Philippe Van Leeuw
Country
Belgium, France, Liban
Length
85 min
Festival
2017
Section
Competition
Language
Arabic
Subtitle
English subtitles
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2017
Original title
Insyriated
Cast
Diamiand Abou Abboud, Juliette Navis, Hilam Abbas
Producer
Guillaume Malandrin, Serge Zeitoun
Script
Philippe Van Leeuw
Music
Jean-Luc Fafchamps
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