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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Insyriated (In Syria) (2018 Feature Film)

Phillipe VAN LEEUW | Belgium, France, Lebanon | 2017 | color | DCP | 85' | Arabic | d.s.

A mother attempts to keep her family safe as war rages and snipers lie in wait outside her home. The men are gone, and every day is just a struggle to survive until tomorrow. This nerve-wracking study of life in Damascus won an Audience Award at Berlinale. 

In Damascus, a family is locked up in a house, while outside the area is being bombed and snipers lie in wait. Oum Yazan, the mother of three children desperately attempts to keep her family safe, waiting for her husband to come home. Meanwhile, the situation has escalated to such extent that neighbors and other family members are hiding in the apartment of Oum Yazan. Is it her husband who knocks or is it an enemy, threat or attack? The family lives in constant tension, fear, and danger.

Insyriated by director Phillipe van Leeuw shows a spectacle of people in an extreme situation that creates extreme emotions and behavior. Every decision is essential. Like the enemy's prey they are trapped in a bunker that once was a loving home base.

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 17:45

Duration: 1:05

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 10:15

Duration: 1:05

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 20:30

Duration: 1:05

Year in Festival
Phillipe VAN LEEUW
Virginie Surdej
Hiam Abbas
Diamand Abou Abboud
Juliette Navis
Mohsen Abbas
Moustapha Al Kar
Alissar Kaghadou
Ninar Halabi
Gladys Joujou
Jean-Luc Fafchamps
Guillaume Malandrin
Serge Zeitoun
Production Company
Altitude 100 production
Liaison Cinematographique
Production Design
Kathy Lebrun
Films Boutique
Philippe Van Leeuw
Sound Design
Paul Heymans
Olivier Mortier
Alek Gosse
Chadi Roukoz
Year of Production
Phillipe VAN LEEUW

Phillipe VAN LEEUW (1954, Belgium) studied at the INSAS film school in Brussels. He then moved to Los Angeles to study cinematography at the American Film Institute. After returning to Europe, he made name for himself as a cinematographer with his camera work for The Life of Jesus (1997). He worked on several documentaries and commercials until he made the switch to directing fiction. In Syria (2017) is his second feature film.


Le jour où dieu est parti en voyage/The Day God Walked Away (2009), Insyriated/In Syria (2017)