World Premiere

The Translator

Local title
Tõlkija
Original title
The Translator
Director
Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf
Country
Syria, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Qatar
Year
2020
Festival
24th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION
Genre
/mängufilm/

After leaving Damascus due to Syrian conflict, directorial duo and couple in life, Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf have written and directed five short films. Their last short, "Mare Nostrum", was selected for Sundance and has travelled in 100 international festivals, receiving 35 awards.

While working as the Arabic-English interpreter for the Syrian Olympic team in 2000, Sami (Ziad Bakri) had a slip of the tongue which got him into trouble with the government and forced him to live in exile in Australia as a political refugee. Eleven years later, when Sami had already adapted to his new life, the Syrian revolution starts, and his brother is being arrested for demonstrating peacefully. Haunted by feelings of guilt for abandoning his family, Sami seizes the moment to fix his past and embarks on a dangerous journey back to Syria in order to find his brother. Once there, he realizes his responsibility towards his country and family, and is ready to jeopardize everything for freedom.

Kazkaz and Khalaf deliver a subtle political contemporary thriller set in one of the most troublesome regions in the world. By taking Sami’s personal story as a premise, they build around his character an environment that reflects the fragile balance of many Syrians that were forced to abandon everything as their country went through a never-ending conflict.

Vassilis Economou

Director
Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf
Screenwriter
Rana Kazkaz, Magali Negroni
Cast
Ziad Bakri, Yumna Marwan, David Field
Producer
Nicolas Leprêtre, Raphaël Alexandre, Anas Khalaf
DoP
Eric Devin
Editor
Monique Dartonne
Runtime
Language
English, Arabic
Director
Rana Kazkaz

Süüria konflikti tõttu Damaskusest Dohasse lahkunud režissööride paar Rana Kazkaz ja Anas Khalaf on kirjutanud ja lavastanud viis lühifilmi. Neist viimane, „Mare Nostrum“, valiti välja Sundance’i ja Dubai festivalidel ja on osalenud kokku sajal rahvusvahelisel filmifestivalil, võites 35 auhinda. „Tõlk“ on nende esimene täispikk mängufilmilavastus.

Director
Anas Khalaf

Süüria konflikti tõttu Damaskusest Dohasse lahkunud režissööride paar Rana Kazkaz ja Anas Khalaf on kirjutanud ja lavastanud viis lühifilmi. Neist viimane, „Mare Nostrum“, valiti välja Sundance’i ja Dubai festivalidel ja on osalenud kokku sajal rahvusvahelisel filmifestivalil, võites 35 auhinda. „Tõlk“ on nende esimene täispikk mängufilmilavastus.

Screenings

Hall 7 Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening030501 / Tõlkija
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A duration
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Virtual hall Online Estonia
Screening035006 / Tõlkija
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Hall Electric Cinema Tartu
Screening052203 / Tõlkija
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Hall 1 Kino Artis Tallinn
Screening131502 / Tõlkija
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Trailer
Q&A with the filmmaker