Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award!
A dispute between two men – one a Lebanese Christian, one a Palestinian refugee – on the streets of Beirut escalates into a national sensation as they face off in court, opening old wounds and traumatic memories, in this gripping drama in which the personal becomes political.
“Powerful and instructive, with a few flickerings of black comedy.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
As a media circus begins to grow around the high-profile case, the already-high tensions between the Muslim and Christian groups in Lebanon’s Arab community. Inside the courtroom, the trial begins to move past the specifics of the case as the lawyers delve into the private lives and backgrounds of the two combatants: Tony (Adel Karam, Caramel), and Yasser (Kamel El Basha, Best Actor winner at the 2017 Venice Film Festival). Meanwhile, outside the courtroom, Tony and Yassur struggle with their personal lives and obligations – Tony with his wife Shirine (Rita Hayek), and Yasser with his wife Manal (Christine Choueiri) – as they being to realize that their skirmish has grown far beyond a matter of pride. Directed and co-written by Ziad Doueiri (The Attack), The Insult is Lebanon’s official selection for Best Foreign Language Film consideration at the 90th Academy Awards. (Dir. by Ziad Doueiri, 2017, Lebanon/Belgium/Cyprus/France/USA, in Arabic with English subtitles, 112 mins., Rated R)