In the presence of: Juliette Navis, Philippe Van Leeuw, Guillaume Malandrin
"In Philippe Van Leeuw's feature 'Insyriated', the term home invasion isn't the name of a Hollywood sub-genre but takes on a frighteningly immediate real-world meaning. Set entirely in a Damascus apartment under siege from a world in conflict, this tautly-constructed, intensely claustrophobic drama offers a sometimes nerve-shredding depiction of what happens when conflict impinges on domestic space. The film echoes such very different close-quarters dramas as David Fincher's 'Panic Room' and Cristi Puiu's recent 'Sieranevada', not to mention Hitchcock's 'Rear Window'. The superbly coordinated cast is largely composed of Syrian refugees, children and young adults included." (Screen Daily)
CinemaximiliaanIn light of the theme of 'Insyriated', Film Fest Gent is supporting Cinemaximiliaan, a volunteer organisation that organises pop-up film screenings by and for refugees. The Film Fest Gent audience has the opportunity to make a donation.