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The Insult

The Insult, "L'Insulte"

Synopsis

Director

After the award-winning „West Beirut“ and the universally lauded „The Attack„–the latter focusing on a prominent Arab surgeon living in Israel who discovers his wife is the perpetrator of a suicide bombing–Lebanese-born, Hollywood-trained (he was a camera assistant on Tarantino’s first two films) co-writer-director Ziad Doueiri cements his reputation as cinema’s leading voice from Lebanon. His taut political drama about intolerance carries profound reverberations of the Lebanese Civil War.

While renovating the facade of a building in Beirut, Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, clash over a silly plumbing issue. A shouting argument ensues and Yasser ends up insulting Toni. Hurt in his dignity, Toni decides to file a complaint. They are rapidly stuck in an infernal spiral. A long and highly publicised trial opens where Palestinians and Lebanese Christians settle their score.

Lebanon has submitted the film as a candidate for foreign language film Oscar.

Ziad Doueiri

(b. 1963) studied film in the USA, where he shot several shorts in 8 and 16mm, also working as first camera assistant to Quentin Tarantino. In 1998, he directed his first feature, „West Beirut“ (based on his own life), which shared the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize in Cannes Film Festival. „The Insult“ is, after „Lila Says“ (2004) and „The Attack“ (PÖFF 2012) his fourth full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • À l’abri les enfants (West Beirut, 1998)
  • Lila dit ça (Lila Says, 2004)
  • The Attack (Rünnak, PÖFF 2012)
  • L’Insulte (The Insult, 2017)

Schedule

19.11.2017
21:30 - 23:23
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 031304
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24.11.2017
18:15 - 20:08
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 080102
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03.12.2017
17:45 - 19:38
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 170702
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

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Film info

Countries: Lebanon, France
Year: 2017
Duration: 113 minutes
Language: Arabic
Director: Ziad Doueiri
Producers: Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Bréhat, Julie Gayet, Antoun Sehnaoui, Nadia Turincev
Writers: Ziad Doueiri, Joelle Touma
DOP: Tommaso Fiorilli
Montage: Dominique Marcombe
Composer: Eric Neveux
Cast: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh, Diamand Abou Abboud, Rita Hayek
Productions: 3B Productions, Tessalit, Ezekiel Films
Festivals: Venice (Best Actor – Kamel El Basha), Telluride, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago

Synopsis

Director

After the award-winning „West Beirut“ and the universally lauded „The Attack„–the latter focusing on a prominent Arab surgeon living in Israel who discovers his wife is the perpetrator of a suicide bombing–Lebanese-born, Hollywood-trained (he was a camera assistant on Tarantino’s first two films) co-writer-director Ziad Doueiri cements his reputation as cinema’s leading voice from Lebanon. His taut political drama about intolerance carries profound reverberations of the Lebanese Civil War.

While renovating the facade of a building in Beirut, Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, clash over a silly plumbing issue. A shouting argument ensues and Yasser ends up insulting Toni. Hurt in his dignity, Toni decides to file a complaint. They are rapidly stuck in an infernal spiral. A long and highly publicised trial opens where Palestinians and Lebanese Christians settle their score.

Lebanon has submitted the film as a candidate for foreign language film Oscar.

Ziad Doueiri

(b. 1963) studied film in the USA, where he shot several shorts in 8 and 16mm, also working as first camera assistant to Quentin Tarantino. In 1998, he directed his first feature, „West Beirut“ (based on his own life), which shared the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize in Cannes Film Festival. „The Insult“ is, after „Lila Says“ (2004) and „The Attack“ (PÖFF 2012) his fourth full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • À l’abri les enfants (West Beirut, 1998)
  • Lila dit ça (Lila Says, 2004)
  • The Attack (Rünnak, PÖFF 2012)
  • L’Insulte (The Insult, 2017)