Festival year: 2012
After their mother dies, twins Jeanne and Simon stumble across several surprises in her last will and testament. Each of them has to deliver a sealed envelope: Jeanne to her father and Simon to his brother – but their father has been dead for years, and Simon and Jeanne had never known about a brother. Jeanne leaves for the Middle East in hope of unravelling the mysteries of her mother’s past, but encounters resolute resistance at every turn. Family members and eye-witnesses would rather not unearth the secrets held in the painful, war-ravaged past. The film by Canadian director Villeneuve is based on the play of the same name written by Wajdi Mouawad. Incendies was internationally widely acclaimed and was nominated for an Oscar in 2011.
Canada, France 2010, 130 min.
Spoken language: French, Arabic
Official website: http://www.sonyclassics.com/incendies