InSyriated (15)

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InSyriated (15)

Belgium/2017/86mins/15 Dir: Philippe Van Leeuw With: Hiam Abbass, Diamand Bou Abboud, Juliette Navis

Oum, a mother-of-three is confined inside her flat in a city under siege. Turning it into a safe haven for her family and neighbours, she tries desperately to protect them from the savagery of the battles outside and maintain a sense of normal routine. But as bombs threaten to destroy the building, snipers turn the courtyards into kill zones and government officials and burglars break in to steal, threaten violence and worse, war inevitably infiltrates the flat. What must be done to survive the repetitive, senseless violence of war - not just physically, but morally, psychically and emotionally - is at the heart of this important, resonant and tragically timely film, set in Damascus.

Damascus. The war is on the street. The apartment has become a sort of bunker where everything is organised depending on poverty. Every day is just a struggle to survive until tomorrow. The men are gone, only the women and the elderly are left. But some other men appear. Everyone retreats to the kitchen. Everyone except one young woman, alone on the other side of the door.

"This tautly-constructed, intensely claustrophobic drama offers a sometimes nerve-shredding depiction of what happens when conflict impinges on domestic space."
Screen Daily

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