One of this year’s Oscar Best Foreign Language Film nominees, Incendies, releases exclusively at South Africa’s Cinema Nouveau circuit on Friday, 19 August.
Directed by Denis Villeneuv and adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed play, Incendies is a deeply moving coming-of-age drama which brings the horror of war to a starkly personal level, delivering a powerful and poetic testament to the lifelong scars of the cycle of violence, and the uncanny power of the will to survive.
It is a powerful portrayal of twins Jeanne (Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin) and Simon’s (Maxim Gaudette) life-changing journey to the Middle East in search of their roots. Encountering both love and hatred along the way, the detective-style plot unravels a mystery which their mother Nawal (Lubna Azabal) bequeathed to them in her will.
Since its international release, the film has won numerous awards, including Best Actress in a Canadian film from the Vancouver film critics circle, Best Director of a Canadian Film, Rogers Best Canadian Film, Best Film Venice days 2010 and Best Feature Film awarded at the 2011 Adelaide Film Festival.
Incendies is a French/ Arabic drama with English subtitles. (Source: www.imbd.com)