Berlinale 2017 Panorama Audience Award and Europa Cinemas Label go to INSYRIATED by Philippe van Leeuw
Panorama Audience Award and Europa Cinemas Label for INSYRIATED by Philippe van Leeuw
Berlin, February 19th 2017 - The 19th Panorama Audience Award for the best fiction film and the Europa Cinemas Label go to INSYRIATED by Philippe van Leeuw.
INSYRIATED by Philippe van Leeuw with Hiam Abbass, Diamand Abou Abboud and Juliette Navis is a captivating drama about life in war zone. Trapped inside her house in a city under siege, Oum Yazan (Hiam Abbass), mother of three, turned her flat into a safe harbor for her family and neighbours, trying to protect them from the war outside. When bombs threaten to destroy the building, when snipers turn the courtyards into deadly zones, and burglars break in to claim their dreadful bounties, maintaining the thin balance of routine inside the walls becomes a matter of life and death.
Insyriated was voted as best fiction film by the movie audience which rates the films in the Panorama section. This year a total of 29.000 votes were counted. The Panorama Audience Award is presented by the Berlinale Panorama section in collaboration with radioeins and in co-operation with rbb television.
INSYRIATED also won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Panorama section, it was announced by a jury of four exhibitors from the network: Alice Black, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (UK); Pierre-Alexandre Moreau, Cinémas Studio, Tours (France); Monica Naldi, Cinema Beltrade, Milano (Italy) and Feliks Wagner, Neues Off Kino, Berlin (Germany).
The jury issued the following statement: "INSYRIATED could not be more vital and topical, and an entirely appropriate winner of the Label. The film takes place in a Damascus apartment, and we see the micro society in the apartment trying to deal with the horrors of the war in Syria raging outside by clinging on to the reassuring domestic routines of life. Despite its very specific setting, though, the film will give European audiences the opportunity to experience the devastation and moral dilemmas that ordinary people experience in a war situation. The performances, camerawork and editing are especially strong and contribute particularly to this immersive and visceral film."
INSYRIATED by Philipppe van Leeuw with Hiam Abbass, Diamand Abou Abboud, Juliette Navis, Mohsen Abbas, Moustapha Al Kar
Belgium/France/Libanon, 2017, 85'
Produced by Altitude100 Production & Liaison Cinématographique in co-production with Minds Meet, Versus Production, VOO and Be tv Né à Beyrouth Film