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The Insult

Ziad Doueiri
France, Cyprus, Belgium, Lebanon, USA 2017 / 112’
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Modern-day Beirut. An argument between neighbors-Tonim, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee-gets out of control. The trivial dispute ends up before the courts, where it attracts the attention of journalists and is turned into a historical and political conflict. With every utterance, the atmosphere grows darker and the result of the confrontation more uncertain. Director Ziad Doueiri explains the paradoxes of the Middle East in an accessible manner. In doing so, he also touches on a universal mechanism whereby an inconspicuous impulse is sometimes enough to revive frustrations and resentments that have long lain dormant. As a result of the angry energy emanating from The Insult, critics have compared the Lebanese film to the early work of Spike Lee, led by his famous Do the Right Thing. Not surprisingly, Doueiri's work was considered one of the biggest discoveries at last year's Venice festival, and Kamel El Basha, who played Yasser, received the Volpi Cup for best actor.

Piotr Czerkawski


Venice FF 2017 – Volpi Cup for Best Actor; FEST International Film Festival 2018 - FEDEORA Jury Award; The Lebanese Movie Awards 2018 - Best Lebanese Motion Picture, Best Ensemble Cast In A Lebanese Motion Picture, Best Lebanese Director

Ziad Doueiri

Ziad Doueri was born in Lebanon in 1963. During Lebanon's civil war, he left for the United States, where he joined the world of show business. He began his career in serious cinema as a cinematographer for Quentin Tarantino on Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. Soon after, he directed his first film, West Beirut, which premiered at the Cannes Festival.


1998 Beyrouth Al Gharbiyya / West Beirut 

2004 Lila dit ça / Lila Says

2012 L'Attentat / The Attack

2013 Affaire Étrangère / Foreign Affairs

2017 Zniewaga / Qadiyya raqm 23 / The Insult 

Cast & Crew

director Ziad Doueiri
screenplay Ziad Doueiri, Joëlle Touma
cinematography Tommaso Fiorilli
editing Dominique Marcombe
music Éric Neveux
cast Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh
producer Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Bréhat, Antoun Sehnaoui, Nadia Turincev
production Rouge International, Tessalit Productions, Ezekiel Films, Scope Pictures, Douri Films
sales Indie Sales
language Arabic
colouration colour