Written and directed by Ben Sharrock (PIKADERO) and starring Amir El-Masry (INDUSTRY, JACK RYAN, THE NIGHT MANAGER) as Omar, the
film formed part of the Cannes 2020 selection and has received widespread
acclaim following its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film
Festival, its European Premiere at the San Sebastian International
Festival, where it won the Youth Jury Award, and the BFI London Film
Festival earlier this year, where it was runner-up for the Audience Award.
LIMBO has recently won the Golden Pyramid award for Best Film at Cairo
International Film Festival along with the Henry Barakat Award for best
artistic contribution and also the FIPRESCI critics’ prize. The film also
picked up Best Film and Best Screenplay at Macau Film Festival.
LIMBO is a wry and poignant observation of the refugee experience, set on a
fictional remote Scottish island where a group of new arrivals await the
results of their asylum claims. It centres on Omar (El-Masry), a young
Syrian musician who is burdened by his grandfather’s oud, which he has
carried all the way from his homeland.
Reflecting the complexity of the movement of people across borders has been a long-held passion for the Scottish writer-director,
who spent time working for an NGO in refugee camps in southern Algeria, and
living in Damascus in 2009 shortly before the outbreak of the Syrian civil
war. There, he formed a network of friends whose personal stories inspired
Amir El-Masry is joined by Vikash Bhai, Ola Orebiyi, and Kwabena Ansah. Sidse Babett Knudsen (THE
DUKE OF BURGUNDY, BORGEN) and Kais Nashif (TEL AVIV ON
FIRE) round out the supporting roles. LIMBO also features non-actors in
supporting roles and as extras, including refugees who have made their home
across Scotland and locals from the Outer Hebrides.