INCENDIES

By Denis VILLENEUVE

WAZABI FILMS (FORMERLY SEVILLE INTERNATIONAL) - as SALES All rights, World

Drama - Completed 2009


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Abu Dhabi FF 2010
Narrative Feature Competition Best Actress
    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • FRENCH, ARABIC
    • Duration
    • 130 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Denis VILLENEUVE
    • Producer(s)
    • Kim MCCRAW, Luc DERY
    • Synopsis
    • When notary Lebel (Rémy Girard) sits down with Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon Marwan (Maxim Gaudette) to read them the will of their mother Nawal (Lubna Azabal), the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes – one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn’t know existed. In this enigmatic inheritance, Jeanne sees the key to Nawal’s retreat into unexplained silence during the final weeks of her life. She immediately decides to go to the Middle East to dig into a family history of which she knows next to nothing. Simon is unmoved by the posthumous mind games of a mother who was always distant and cold. But his love for his sister is strong, and he soon joins her in combing their ancestral homeland in search of a Nawal who is so very different from the mother they knew. With Lebel’s help, the twins piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate forever marked by war and hatred – and the courage of an exceptional woman. An adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s hit play, Incendies is a deeply moving coming-of-age story that brings the horror of war to a starkly personal level, delivering a powerful and poetic testament to the indelible scars of the cycle of violence, and the uncanny power of the will to survive.
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