News 20 FEB 2017

Audience Award and Europa Cinemas Label for "InSyriated" by Philippe Van Leeuw at the Berlinale

At the Award Ceremony of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, InSyriated by Philippe Van Leeuw won the coveted Audience Award of the Panorama. All Berlinale visitors can vote for the Panorama Audience Award by filling in a vote sheet. The prize was started in 1999.

This prize is added to the Europa Cinemas Label won the day before. Created in 2003, the Europa Cinemas Label aims to increase the promotion, circulation and duration of exposure of the European films winners on the screens of the cinema halls, located throughout the European continent. The Label is presented by a jury of 4 network members to a European film out of 12 titles presented in competition of the Panorama section. The Label is thus at a key moment in the career of a film : the one of its presentation in a festival, a strategic step for its launch on the international market.

Presented as a world premiere at the Panorama, InSyriated is the second feature by Belgian director, after Le jour où Dieu est parti en voyage (2008). Remarked at its official presentation, InSyriated is one of the hottest titles at the festival as well at the market where sales agent Films Boutique, already confirmed several closed deals and many ongoing negotiations.

Taken from the headlines, the film tells the story of a family in Syria: staying inside day and night, never going out, not even daring to look outside because it's too dangerous. This isn't a prison, it's daily life for a family in war-torn Damascus. They're just an ordinary family, doing what they can to stay alive, day-by-day. Their flat has become a kind of bunker. Everything revolves around making do with what little there is. Each day is about holding on for one more day.

InSyriated was produced by Altitude 100 Production (BE) and Liaison Cinématographique (FR), and co-produced with Minds Meet (BE), Né à Beyrouth (LB), Versus Production, VOO and BeTV. It was supported in Belgium by the Cinema and Audiovisual Centre of the Federation of French-Speaking Belgium, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government and by Eurimages at the European level. The film is being distributed in Belgium by O’Brother Distribution and in France by KMBO, and is being sold internationally by Films Boutique.