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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

The Insult (2018 Feature Film)

Ziad DOUEIRI | France, Lebanon | 2017 | color | DCP | 113' | Arabic | e.s.

It starts as a minor altercation between hot-tempered Lebanese-Christian Toni and Palestinian-born contractor Yasser. But their quarrel escalates to a national crisis when it ends up in a court case that leads to a media storm. It becomes apparent that the old wounds of the Lebanese Civil War have not yet healed.

It all starts so low-key. Some water leaks from Toni's balcony onto the contractor Yasser. He says something about it and Toni curses back. An ordinary quarrel like so many, every day. But this is Beirut, and Toni and Yasser stand on different sides of a deep political, cultural and religious rift.

As a result, their personal feud quickly escalates into a national commotion. Hot-tempered Toni is a Christian, from a group that feels increasingly threatened in today’s Lebanon. Yasser is a Palestinian refugee. Both feel personally hurt by the insults the other throws at them. The two are forced to face up to their deep-rooted prejudice.
Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri shot his previous film, The Attack, in Israel – and this also resulted in a furore in his homeland. This time he aims his arrows at Lebanon itself, where the old wounds of the Civil War that ended in 1990 are ignored but in fact are still painfully open.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 13:45

Duration: 1:25

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 16:30

Duration: 1:25

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 11:00

Duration: 1:25

Year in Festival
Tommaso Fiorilli
Adel Karam
Kamel El Basha
Camille Salameh
Diamand Abou Abboud
Rita Hayek
Alal El Jurdi
Christine Choueiri
Dominique Marcombe
Éric Neveux
Jean Bréhat
Rachid Bouchareb
Antoun Sehnaoui
Charles S. Cohen
Julie Gayet
Nadia Turincev
Production Company
3B Productions
Ezekiel Films Limited
Tessalit Productions
Rouge International
Production Design
Hussein Baydoun
Indie Sales
Ziad Doueiri
Joëlle Touma
Sound Design
Guilhem Donzel
Olivier Walczak
Sebastien Wera
Bruno Mercere
Year of Production

Ziad DOUEIRI (1963, Lebanon) moved tot the United States during the Lebanese Civil War. He graduated from San Diego State University with a film degree. Afterwards, he worked as assistant cameraman on films including Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. In 1998, he directed his first feature film West Beyrouth (1998) which won many awards in e.g. Cannes, Toronto, Taipei and Brussels. Doueiri then made the acclaimed Lila dit ça (2004), The Attack (2012) and directed the TV series Baron Noir (2015). In 2017 he made The Insult, world premiere in Venice, which was selected as the Lebanese entry for the Oscars.


À l'abri les enfants/West Beyrouth (1998), Lila dit ça (2004), The Attack (2012), Baron noir (2015, TV series), L’insulte/The Insult (2017)