V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Insulte

V' 17

L' Insulte

The Insult

Ziad Doueiri
F/Libanon, 2017
Fiction, 113min, OmeU

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L' Insulte

Ziad Doueiri
F/Libanon, 2017
Fiction, 113min, OmeU

Actors: 
Adel Karam
Tony
Rita Hayek
Shirine
Kamel El Basha
Yasser
Christine Choueiri
Manal
Screenplay: 
Ziad Doueiri
Camera: 
Tommaso Fiorilli
Editor: 
Dominique Marcombe
Composer: 
Eric Neveux
Decoration: 
Hussein Baydoun

Production: 
Ezekiel Films Limited
Rouge International
Tessalit Productions
Cohen Media Group
Scope Pictures
Douri Films
World Sales: 
Indie Sales Company
Format: 
DCP
Color

One afternoon in the dog days of a Beirut summer, Tony gets into an altercation with Yasser over a broken drainpipe. Tony is a mechanic and a Christian. Yasser is a construction foreman and a Palestinian. When Tony, hard-nosed and hot-headed, refuses to accept Yasser’s halfhearted apology, two bruised male egos begin to swell. Tony utters an unforgiveable insult to Yasser. With a speed neither man could foresee, their personal argument escalates through the neighborhood and the city to the national stage. The dispute comes to encapsulate the lasting legacy of the Lebanese Civil War – and becomes a lightning rod for people with more power than either man to pursue their own agendas.
THE INSULT is an impeccably made political drama, layered with clever observations on the complex history of the region. But, above all, this is a tale of two men trapped by the past and trying, as best they can, to escape from its grasp in order to move into the future. (Kiva Reardon)

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