Based on a stage play by Wajdi Mouawad. 

When notary Lebel sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan to read them their mother’s will Nawal, the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes – one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn’t know existed. With Lebel’s help, the twins piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate forever marked by war and hatred as well as the courage of an exceptional woman.
2010, Canada, France , 130 min., 16+
Denis Villeneuve
Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Rémy Girard, Abdelghafour Elaaziz
French, Arabic, English
Awards & Festivals
Academy Award (Oscar), Nominee – Best Foreign Language Film
Genie Award – Best Motion Picture, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Direction, Best Achievement in Editing, Best Achievement in Overall Sound, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Screenplay, Adapted
Jutra Award – Best Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Sound
Palm Springs International Film Festival – Directors to Watch
Rotterdam International Film Festival – Audience Award
Toronto International Film Festival – Best Canadian Feature Film
Valladolid International Film Festival – Best Screenplay, Audience Award

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