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In Syria


Film info

  • Country:Belgija, Francuska, Libanon
  • Director:Philippe Van Leeuw
  • Year:2016
  • Duration:85'
  • Actors:Hiam Abbass, Diamand Abou Abboud, Juliette Navis, Mohsen Abbas


Trapped inside her house in a city under siege, Oum Yazan, mother of three, turned her flat into a safe harbor for her family and neighbors, trying to protect them from the war outside. When bombs threaten to destroy the building, when snipers turn the courtyards into deadly zones and burglars break in to claim their dreadful bounties, maintaining the thin balance of routine inside the walls becomes a matter of life and death. The film had its premiere at Panorama programme of Berlin Film Festival, where it won the audience award for the best film.

Born in Brussels, Philippe Van Leeuw studied at INSAS before moving to Los Angeles, where he studied cinematography at the American Film Institute. Upon his return to Europe, he took on the role as director of photography for feature documentaries as well as in advertising. It was during these collaborations that he came to meet director Bruno Dumont, who would direct La vie de Jésus, Philippe Van Leeuw’s feature film debut as cinematographer. From here on he dedicated his career to fiction, lensing several films, television features and short films. Meanwhile, Van Leeuw also finds time for his interest in writing and photography. His dedication to social and poetic films has lead him to his directorial debut, The Day God Walked Away (2009). Insyriated is his second feature film as director.

Screening schedule

  • 26.08.2017.

    Danubian sand island

  • 26.08.2017.

    City Cinema Beli Manastir


Tickets for screenings at Cinestar Vukovar, Danubian Sand Island, Borovo Cinema, Valpovo culture center, Centar znanja Vinkovci, Vucedol museum are free. For screenings at locations - Terrace of Agency for Waterways and Castle Eltz Park admission is 15 HRK. Tickets.

Festival hosts
  • Discovery
  • Grad Vukovar
  • Hrvatski dom Vukovar
Srebrni sponzor
  • Pevec
  • Grad Zagreb
  • Hrvatska turistička zajednica
  • Hrvatski audiovizualni centar
  • Ministarstvo kulture
  • Vukovarsko-srijemska županija
  • TZ Vukovar
  • American Express
  • AutoWill
  • Badel Pelinkovac
  • Borovo
  • Elatus
  • Filmofeel
  • Hrvatska banka za obnovu i razvitak
  • Iločki podrumi
  • Startas
  • Alatir
  • PPD
  • Bobi

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