Press 06 FEB 2018

InSyriated by Philippe Van Leeuw wins the Lumières Award for Best French-language Film

After taking six accolades at the Magritte Awards last Saturday (including Best Film and Best Director), Philippe Van Leeuw’s InSyriated received the Lumières Award – chosen by representatives of the international press based in France – for Best French-language Film at the 23rd award ceremony on Monday 5 February.

Released under the title Une famille syrienne in France, the film had its global premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Screened in the Panorama section, it scooped the Panorama Audience Award and the Europa Cinemas Label for best European film. InSyriated has since toured around 50 festivals, won 20 international awards, and sold in some 30 territories.

After its success at the Magritte Awards, O’Brother Distribution rereleases the film in cinemas across Brussels and Wallonia. The DVD release of the and is planned on March 9.

InSyriated is the Belgian film-maker’s second feature, following The Day God Walked Away (2008). Rooted in dramatic current affairs, the film depicts the situation of a family in Syria: They’re shut away indoors day and night, not venturing outside, not even daring to look out. It’s too dangerous. But this isn’t prison. It’s the daily life of a family in war-torn Damascus. Just one of many families doing what they must to keep living, day by day. The apartment has become a kind of blockhouse. Their entire lives revolve around shortage. It’s about holding on each and every day.

is produced by Altitude 100 Production (Belgium) and Liaison Cinématographique (France), in co-production with Minds Meet (Belgium), Né à Beyrouth (Lebanon), Versus Production, VOO and Be TV. The film is supported in Belgium by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter scheme (via Inver Tax Shelter), and the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation. It is also backed by EURIMAGES, the European Cinema Support Fund. The film is distributed by O’Brother Distribution in Belgium, by KMBO by France, and worldwide by Films Boutique.

The Lumières Award for Best Animated Feature went to The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, which was co-produced in Belgium by Panique! Production.

The Best Cinematography award was won by Belgian Christophe Beaucarne for his work on Barbara by Mathieu Amalric.