Energetic Oum Yazan is trying desperately to keep together her family life whilst outside a war is raging. The family sits together around a large table at midday, everyone trying to make themselves heard above the cannonade of bombs and machine gun fire. There is hardly any water and every trip outside the door spells danger on account of the snipers on the rooftops above. While Grandfather plays with his little grandchild, the oldest daughter flirts with her boyfriend in her room. Next door a young couple with a baby are planning their escape. Up above, threatening noises can be heard. Who’s that knocking at the door? Could it be Oum Yazan’s husband whose return she has been anxiously awaiting, or are there strange men outside, looking for valuables? Just a few shots are necessary to draw the viewer into the permanent state of emergency that is war. The apartment that was once a familiar home has now become a prison. Philippe Van Leeuw’s huis clos describes people in an extreme situation that gives rise to extreme behaviour. Every decision could be a matter of life or death: is it morally acceptable to sacrifice one member of the family to guarantee the survival of the others?
written and directed by Philippe Vanleeuw
produced by Altitude 100 production
co-produced by Liaison Cinematographique, Versus Production, Né à Beyrouth
with the support of CFWB, VAF, CNC, VOO, BETV
world sales by Films Boutique
- Berlinale 2017 Panorama – winner of the Audience Award
feature film – 2K – 85 min – 1:2.35 scope – dolby – color