Run Times:
131 min
Arabic (w. English Subtitles), French (w. English Subtitles)
Maxim Gaudette, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Rémy Girard, Lubna Azaba
Denis Villeneuve
Denis Villeneuve
Plot Summary

When notary Lebel sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan to read them their mother’s will, Nawal, 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. 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 as well as the courage of an exceptional woman.

Festivals and Awards

Venice Days, Italy, September 2010
*Winner: Best Film of Venice Days

Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, September 2010
*Winner: Best Canadian Film

Atlantic Film Festival, Canada, September 2010
*Winner: Best Canadian Feature

Sudbury Film Festival, Canada, September 2010

Calgary International Film Festival, Canada, September 2010
*Winner: Best Canadian Feature Award

Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada, September 2010
*Winner: Best Canadian Feature Film

Telluride Film Festival, USA, September 2010

Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Belgium, October 2010
*Winner: Best Film, Audience Prize

Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea, October 2010

Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland, October 2010
*Winner: Grand Jury Prize

Abu Dhabi International Film Festival, UAE, October 2010
*Winner: Best Actress

Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain, October 2010
*Winner: Best Script, Audience Award, Young Jury Award

Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Qatar, October 2010

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan, November 2010

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia, November 2010
*Winner: North American Independents Competition

Jakarta International Film Festival, Indonesia, November 2010

Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece, December 2010

Belgrade International Film Festival, Serbia, February 2011

Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands, January 2011
*Winner: Audience Award

Vilnius International Film Festival, Lithuania, March 2011
*Winner: Audience Award

Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria, March 2011

Bratislava Francophone International Film Festival, Slovakia, April 2011

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – Rooftop Cinema, Estonia, May 2011

Shanghai International Film Festival, China, June 2011

Artfilm Festival, Slovakia, June 2011

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic, July 2011

Festival international du film pour la Paix, Italie – July 2011
*Winner: Audience Award

Durban International Film Festival, South Africa, July 2011

Festival Les Rendez-vous de l’Histoire, Blois, France – October 2011
*Winner: Best Film

Manaki Bros. Int’l Cinematographer’s Film Festival, Macedonia, October 2011

International Film Festival “2-in-1,” Russia, October 2011

French Cultural Networks, Morocco, November 2011

Cuenca Film Festival, Ecuador, November 2011

La Havana Film Festival, Cuba, December 2011

1st Freedom Film Festival, Latvia, May 2012

Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, September 2012

Academy Awards 2011, USA
*Nominated – Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

BAFTA 2012, UK
*Nominated – Best film not in the English Language

Cesar Award 2012, France
*Nominated – Best Foreign Film