Der Affront

A film by Ziad Doueiri. In Arabic with German subtitles.

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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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FR/LB 2017, 113 Min, arab. OmU

Regie: Ziad Doueiri
Kamera: Tommaso Fiorilli
Schnitt: Dominique Marcombe
mit: Adel Karam, Rita Hayek, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh

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The film is shown in  Arabic with German subtitles.