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Directed by Ben Sharrock
104 minutes
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Promising young Syrian musician Omar is one of a group of refugees stuck on a remote Scottish island in this hilarious and poignant award-winner and BAFTA nominee.
Separated from his family, Omar shares a home with fellow refugees as they await word on their asylum requests. So godforsaken is this island that one of Omar's flatmates says of the mobile reception: "You know, there was a better signal in the middle of the Mediterranean." And then there are the locals to deal with. The new arrivals are compelled to attend bizarre "cultural awareness" classes run by Helga (Sidse Babett Knudsen, Borgen, The Duke of Burgundy, SFF 2015) and Boris (Kenneth Collard). It's the kind of island where young people in a car accost Omar – saying he is a potential terrorist and rapist – and then offer him a lift to avoid the rain. In this state of limbo Omar and his friends somehow manage to maintain hope as their previous identities are gradually diminished. With his second film, a hit at festivals around the world, Sharrock uses wit, sharp observation and a great cast to shed light on people whose individuality seldom receives the attention so tenderly shown here.

Ben Sharrock is an award-winning writer and director who graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Arabic and Politics before attending Screen Academy Scotland. His debut feature Pikadero premiered at San Sebástian International Film Festival in 2015. Limbo was selected for Cannes 2020, Toronto and several other festivals.
What a thoroughly wonderful sophomore feature from the British director Ben Sharrock – witty, poignant, marvellously composed and shot, moving and even weirdly gripping.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
An offbeat and life-affirming triumph, Limbo is the kind of original work of art that moves the needle on an issue by delving into the human factor rather than hanging out on the impersonal surface. A movie born of our times but destined to outlive them, it deserves to cross the threshold from festival darling to audience favourite.
Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times


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Program Strand
Official Competition
In English and Arabic with English subtitles
Ben Sharrock
Irune Gurtubai, Angus Lamont
Amir El-Masry, Vikash Bhai, Sidse Babett Knudsen
Nick Cooke
Karel Dolak, Lucia Zucchetti
Cannes Selected, Africa, Arts, Gender & Sexuality, Human Rights, Middle East, Music, Off-Beat, Politics & Economics, Comedy, LGBTIQ+ Films
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Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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