A 2018 Academy Award nominee, the internationally acclaimed film from award-winning writer/director Ziad Doueiri is a thrilling new legal drama centering on a minor disagreement that escalates into a nationwide controversy.

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Director: Ziad Doueiri
Cast: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Christine Choueiri, Rita Hayek, Elie Njem, Tatal El Jurdi
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: Lebanon

MMature themes and coarse language

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The Insult

“Undeniably exhilarating! A fascinating and honest assessment of the never-ending conflict between decency and cruelty that rages in every nation, neighbourhood and heart.”

“Provocative and inclusive. A tense courtroom drama that seems certain to open the eyes of viewers to some of the ­Middle East’s most intractable situations. Superbly acted by all concerned. Anyone interested in political cinema should rush to see this fine movie.”

“Excellent. Revelatory and moving. A film to make us sit up and take notice of the world that we live in.”
Margaret Pomeranz, FOXTEL ARTS SCREEN

“Enthralling and very entertaining. Recalls ‘A Separation’ as it peels back layers of class and religion.”

“A must-see. Ziad Doueiri’s legal thriller fairly crackles with timely provocations. The film boils down centuries of Middle Eastern conflict into one reckless statement – and lets the sparks fly. The excitement is palpable, and Karam and El Basha give the kind of performances that keep you riveted.”
Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

★★★★ 1/2
“An extraordinary film. Completely and utterly held me. An astonishingly brilliant piece of work. “

“Gripping entertainment, passionate and humane.”
Alan Scherstuhl, THE VILLAGE VOICE

★★★★ 1/2
“Morally complex and meaty, bold and timely, Doueiri has crafted a powerful, fast-paced and refreshingly cinematic courtroom thriller that is genuinely unpredictable and totally gripping.”

“Potent. Doesn’t depend on a knowledge of Lebanon’s history or its politics. What matters is the film’s success in distilling the tribal grudges that have fuelled the wars in the Middle East for the past century into the characters. A film that triumphantly unites the political and the personal by crystallising their connection in two great performances.”

“Thrilling, thoughtful and complex. Extraordinarily nuanced. A desperate cry for empathy.”
Wenlei Ma, NEWS.COM.AU

“Electrifyingly brilliant! The conflict is so personal, visceral and universally recognisable; it could take place in Mississippi, Beijing or Bogota. A terrific accomplishment on every front.”
Godfrey Cheshire, ROGEREBERT.COM

2018 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER – 2018 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL – Audience Award (Best Film)
WINNER – 2018 AFI FESTIVAL – Audience Award (Best Film)
WINNER – 2017 VENICE INTL. FILM FESTIVAL – Silver Lion (Best Actor)

The internationally acclaimed new film from multi award-winning writer/director Ziad Doueiri, 2018 Oscar-nominee THE INSULT is a thrilling new legal drama centring on a minor disagreement that escalates into a nationwide controversy.

The present day. It’s a scorching hot afternoon in Beirut. Forty-something mechanic Tony already has a chip on his shoulder about Palestinians, so he’s less than welcoming when 60 year-old Yasser, the foreman of a construction crew working on the street outside, asks him to fix the faulty drainpipe on his balcony. Tony closes the door in his face, so Yasser replaces the pipe anyway, only for Tony to smash it to pieces. Passions boil over, each man digs in, and what should have been a trivial incident easily shrugged off escalates quickly into a dispute that reverberates through their families and communities. Eventually lawyers are called in and the men find themselves in the centre of a highly publicised trial – one that reopens historical and personal wounds on both sides.
Widely heralded at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, Doueiri’s gripping and revealing film is reminiscent of such masterful socio-political dramas as A Separation and Incendies, daring to lay bare the divisions within contemporary society. Expertly depicting the shifting conflicts that take place within homes, neighbourhoods and in the courtroom, this thrilling and superbly performed moral fable serves as both a smart and thought-provoking piece of entertainment, and a deeply affecting plea for empathy and conciliation.

“The Insult shows fighting talk as a form of expression” – Writer/director Ziad Doueiri with Fairfax‘s Stephanie Bunbury (30/08/18)

“Pitting two men against each other after an argument” – Mr. Doueiri with The Australian‘s Philippa Hawker (29/08/18)

{audio} Mr. Doueiri discussed making the Oscar shortlist with KCRW‘s podcast ‘The Business’ (15/01/18)

“War of Words” – Mr. Doueiri with Film Journal International

“How Oscar-Hopeful ‘The Insult’ Survived a Boycott Bid” – The Hollywood reporter speaks with Mr. Doueiri about how he faced a faced a resurgent backlash — and a military tribunal.

The Insult