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National Feature Competition

Concrete Valley Antoine Bourges

Filmmaker Antoine Bourges (Fail to Appear, RIDM 2018) creates a direct fiction from the diverse experiences of a Toronto immigrant community. Struggling to integrate into his new country, Rashid is mourning his career as a doctor, which he left behind in Syria. Meanwhile, his wife Farah is aware that starting over isn’t always an option, and often it’s necessary to reinvent oneself. This empathetic film is a textbook on human relationships as frustration, isolation, and loss of identity start to come between the couple. With minimal dramatization and honed editing, Concrete Valley succeeds in communicating a common feeling among expatriates—that life is on hold.
— Editorial Team

Teyama Alkamli will also be a part of the Roundtable : Beyond Borders on sunday november 20th in the Normand-McLaren room of the Cinémathèque québécoise.

competition : National Feature Competition

Concrete Valley

  • Country : Canada
  • Year : 2022
  • V.O : Arabic, English
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 90 MIN
  • Cinematography : Nikolay Michaylov
  • Editing : Lindsay Allikas
  • Production : Shehrezade Mian
  • Music : Nawars Nader
  • Sound Design : Lucas Prokaziuk
Filmography of Antoine Bourges :

Woman Waiting (2010)
East Hastings Pharmacy (2012)
William in White Shirt (2015)
Fail to Appear (2017)

The film’s journey :

Toronto International Film Festival | World Premiere

Vancouver International Film Festival | Nominee Best Canadian Feature Film

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