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  • Director

    Philippe Van Leeuw

  • Starring

    Hiam Abbass, Diamand Abou Abboud, Juliette Navis

  • Certificate


  • Run Time

    85 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Language


  • Director of Photography: Virginie Surdej

  • Editor: Gladys Joujou

  • Produced by: Guillaume Malandrin, Serge Zeitoun

  • Music: Jean-Luc FAFCHAMPS

  • Screenplay by: Philippe Van Leeu

Director Bio

Philippe Van Leeuw

P&I - Director Bio

Philippe Van Leeuw is a Belgian director. He studied at INSAS before studying cinematography at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He then took on the role as director of photography for various projects. 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.



Part of the European Perspectives Strand


About as relevant and urgent as it’s possible to get, Philippe Van Leeuw’s claustrophobic and powerful film throws us amongst a middle-class family, barricaded inside their flat in the middle of the city. Whilst in the distance, war rages, nearby snipers lie in wait, and opportunistic men stalk the streets. As what’s going on outside makes its way inside, formidable matriarch Oum Yazan (Hiam Abbass) is the one charged with making the sorts of decisions no-one should ever have to make...

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