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International Feature Competition

Taste of Cement Ziad Kalthoum

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This cinematic tour de force by Syrian filmmaker Ziad Kalthoum, winner of the Grand prix at Visions du réel this year, examines the degrading conditions experienced by refugee Syrian construction workers in Lebanon. Kept on construction sites around the clock by a curfew that cuts them off from the outside world, the workers toil to rebuild their host country, knowing that their own country lies in ruins. Gruelling days of labour are followed by long, lonely nights, haunted by the shared nightmare of a traumatized people. With its impressive dreamlike sequences, captivating camera work, surprising editing and excellent soundtrack, the director has a made a masterful, deeply humane film.

Presented in collaboration with CSN, Goethe-Institut Montréal, Institute of International Education, Cinema Politica, La maison de la Syrie, KazaMaza Restaurant and Bell Media

Taste of Cement

  • Country : Germany, Lebanon, Syria, United Arab Emirates
  • Year : 2017
  • V.O : Arabic
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 85 MIN
  • Cinematography : Talal Khoury
  • Editing : Alex Bakri, Frank Brummundt
  • Production : Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias N. Siebert, Mohammad Ali Atassi
  • Writer : Ziad Kalthoum, Talal Khoury, Ansgar Frerich
  • Music : Sebastian Tesch
  • Sound Design : Ansgar Frerich, Sebastian Tesch
Filmography of Ziad Kalthoum :

Oh My Heart (2011)
The Immortal Sergeant (2013)

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