The Insult

Ziad Doueiri | Lebanon | Lebanese w/ English Subtitles | 113 min | Narrative


Bowtie Great Neck Squire Cinemas Tue, Nov 14, 2017 7:30 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Drama
World Cinema
Release Year:2017
Running Time:113 min
Premiere Status:Long Island Premiere
Production Country:Lebanon
Original Language:Lebanese
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ziad Doueiri
Executive Producer:Jean Brehat
Rachid Bouchareb
Julie Gayet
Screenwriter:Ziad Doueri
Cinematography:Tommaso Fiorilli
Editing By:Doninique Marcombe
Extra Search Properties
Date Search:November 14, 2017


A minor disagreement sparks an unforgivable insult, which ignites a confrontation of national importance in this riveting courtroom drama by Lebanese writer-director Ziad Doueiri (The Attack). Tony, a Christian Phalanges Party supporter who runs an auto repair shop and whose wife is expecting a baby, clashes with Yasser, a Palestinian construction foreman, over an illegal drainpipe. It seems like a trivial incident involving bruised male egos that could easily be resolved with an apology—so their wives think—but an impulsive insult escalates the case dramatically. Now Tony and Yasser become supporting players in a battle pitting celebrity lawyers, TV news, and political leaders, culminating in a trial that rips open raw memories of Lebanon's violent past.

Nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, this intelligent, politically charged drama is a thoughtful parable of the unrepaired schisms and unhealed wounds of history that continue to rupture in everyday life.

Official Selection 2017 Toronto Int'l Film Festival, 2017 Telluride Film Festival