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Ben SHARROCK

2020

104

minutes

UNITED KINGDOM

Scottish filmmaker Ben Sharrock's second film turns its attentions to the destiny awaiting the refugees that wait for asylum on a Scottish island. Sad and melancholic, but often very funny in parts too, their portraits are told in an impressive style reminiscent of Roy Andersson, Ulrich Seidl and Rüben Östlund. The second film from British writer and director Ben Sharrock.

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Omar is a promising young musician. Separated from his Syrian family, he is stuck on a remote Scottish island awaiting the fate of his asylum request. Due to the plaster-cast on his arm, he cannot play his oud and instead wanders the epic landscapes searching for answers to a complex past and daunting future.
He may be stuck, but he is not alone. Omar and his new flatmates attend outrageously misjudged ‘cultural awareness’ classes, binge the ‘Friends’ boxset, debating whether Ross and Rachel were on a break and Freddie Mercury-obsessed Farhad tries to convince Omar to participate in the local open mic night.

CASTING

El Masry AMIR

Omar

Bhai VIKASH

Farhad

Knudsen SIDSE BABETT

Helga

CREDITS

Ben SHARROCK

Realisation

PRODUCTION

CARAVAN CINEMA LTD

101 Morningside Drive EH10 5NN EDINBURGH

UNITED KINGDOM

SALES

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