Having recently adapted Yasmina Khadra’s best-seller “The Attack” and then worked on the Canal Plus series “Baron Noir”, Ziad Doueiri returns to his home town Beirut to make his fourth feature film, “L’Insulte”, which began shooting on June 7th.
It’s a story about a Lebanese Christian who, watering the flowers on his balcony, accidentally spills some water on the head of a passing Palestinian. First an argument, then insults, finally a trial, which becomes inflated into a national event and exacerbates the divisions between the two communities. “L’Insulte” is a Franco-Lebanese-Belgian-Cypriot co-production.
As with his two previous feature films, “Lila dit ça” (2004) and “The Attack” (2012), Ziad Doueiri co-wrote the script with Joelle Touma. Once again the director is with the French company Tessalit, producer of “The Attack” and his first film “West Beirut” (1998). As well as Tessalit, “L’Insulte” is produced by Red International (France) and Ezekiel Film Ltd (France) and co-produced by Douri Films (Lebanon) and Scope Pictures (Belgium).
Distributed in France by Diaphana, the film will be sold internationally by Indie Sales.
Sources : Rouge International, Cineuropa