Omar (Amir El-Masry) is a young Syrian musician stationed upon a fictional remote Scottish island, where he and a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims. Omar shares his accommodation with Farhad, a Freddie Mercury fan who fled Afghanistan; Nigerian Wasef, who dreams of footballing glory; and Abedi, a reluctant realist.
Isolated from his family and any sense of belonging in a strange land, a broken arm leaves Omar feeling further adrift and unable to play his grandfather’s oud (a stringed instrument), which he has carried all the way from his homeland.
Grounded by El-Masry’s tender and understated performance, Limbo deftly balances comedy with melancholy, to create a wonderfully touching story about wanting to belong.
Director: Ben Sharrock
Cast: Amir El-Masry, Vikash Bhai, Ola Orebiyi, Kwabena Ansah, Sidse Babett Knudsen
“★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This wonderful, not-to-be-missed comedy finds new ways to tell old stories.” – Donald Clarke, The Irish Times
“★ ★ ★ ★ ★ What a thoroughly wonderful sophomore feature from the British director Ben Sharrock – witty, poignant, marvellously composed and shot, moving and even weirdly gripping.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
FILM INFO: 104 minutes, United Kingdom, 2020,15A
This screening is in association with Dublin International Film Festival and will be accompanied by a Q&A – the panel includes Zoryana Pshyk, Rosemary Kunene & Bulelani Mfaco and will be chaired by Liam Herrick (ICCL)
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