The Insult

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Directed by Ziad Doueiri
2017
France, Lebanon
112 minutes
15+
Ziad Doueiri’s (The Attack, SFF 2013) thrilling, Oscar-nominated legal drama explores festering historical, political and religious divisions in his native Lebanon.

When Palestinian Muslim foreman Yasser installs a new drainpipe on Lebanese Christian Tony’s balcony without his permission, Tony’s dislike of Palestinians triggers what appears to be a minor disagreement. But insults are hurled, and the situation soon escalates out of control. What begins with a petty argument leads to a highly publicised trial that captivates a nation, and also gives a range of people an opportunity to settle old scores. Doueiri masterfully takes this private clash of wills as a starting point to explore historic rifts amongst Lebanese communities, and the aftermath of the civil war. Intelligently using humour and pathos, The Insult is ultimately a plea for empathy, forgiveness and peace.

Undeniably exhilarating! A fascinating and honest assessment of the never-ending conflict between decency and cruelty that rages in every nation, neighbourhood and heart. – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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The Insult

State Theatre
Sat 9 June
6:15pm—8:07pm
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The Insult

State Theatre
Thu 14 June
1:55pm—3:47pm
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The Insult

The Ritz Cinema Randwick
Sat 16 June
3:30pm—5:22pm
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Year
2017
Classification
15+
Country
France, Lebanon
Language
In Arabic with English subtitles
Director
Ziad Doueiri
Producer
Julie Gayet, Nadia Turincev, Jean Bréhat, Rachib Bouchareb, Antoun Sehnaoui
Cast
Adel Karam, Rita Hayek, Kamel El Basha
Screenwriter
Ziad Doueiri, Joëlle Touma
Cinematographer
Tommaso Fiorilli
Company Credits
Distributor: Palace Films Australia
Original Title
L'Insulte
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