The second picture of the country director Philippe Van Leeuw, which earlier this year in the world premiere was at the Berlin film festival and right away in the prizes, is the story of Syrian families in the civil war.
‘An intense and gripping drama’, called Patrick Duynslaegher, artistic director of Film Fest Gent, the film on 10 October, the 44th edition of the festival opens. “We see how people have the strength to work in the most extreme conditions to survive, and their humanity to keep it. The film is set entirely in a besieged house in Damascus, but the director gives both this specific situation a universal tragedy.’
Philippe Van Leeuw, who in 2008 made his debut with Le jour où Dieu est parti en voyage, saw Insyriated earlier this year in a world premiere in the Panoramasectie of the Berlin film festival, where the film was also the audience award and the Europa Cinemas Label’ won.
The Film Fest Gent, the film shows the presence of Lion, which is “very honoured” that the festival his film if opener has chosen. “I am very glad that the movie by the two cultural communities of Belgium, supported (both the VAF as the Centre du Cinéma et de l’audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallnie-Bruxelles come out, ed.) and hope that this is also a sign that the situation of Syria and the Syrians will not be forgotten.’
It will also present signs in Ghent: actress Hiam Abbas, previously shown in Paradise Now by Hany Abu-Assad, The Syrian Bride by Eran Riklis, Exodus: Gods and Kings from Ridley Scott, Munich by Steven Spielberg , and this autumn also in Blade Runner 2049 of Denis Villeneuve.
The Film Fest Gent will take place between 10 and 20 October in various theatres. Tickets for the opening night with Insyriated (on October 10, in the Forward), from August 29 to get. Those who buy a ticket, a donation to leave that entirely to Cinemaximiliaan, a volunteer film screenings keep in vluchtelingencentra and cultural institutions. All info: filmfestgent.be.