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The Translator

Rana KAZKAZ, Anas KHALAF
Syria, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Qatar 2020 105min DCP color Fiction 12 Korean Premiere
Overview

In 2000, Sami is the Arabic-English translator for the Syrian Olympic team in Sydney, Australia. A slip of the tongue forces him to stay in Australia and live in exile as a political refugee. In 2011, when the Syrian revolution starts and his brother is arrested, Sami risks everything to return to Syria to find him.

Review

In 1980, Syria was full of desires for democracy against the dictatorship. Young Sami is shocked to witness the ruthless arrest of his father, who has been fighting for democracy. And the time passes by. Now, Sami works as an interpreter for the Syrian national team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. When the reporters ask the players about Syria´s current political situation, Sami mistranslates it with a tone of mocking the dictatorship. Afterward, Sami fails to return to Syria and seeks political exile in Australia. In 2011, when Syria´s democratic movement rises again, Sami hears that his brother has been arrested. So Sami takes the risk to return to Syria to find him.
For ten years, the Syrian civil war has killed more than 380,000 people so far. The director couple, Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf depict the war profoundly through vulnerable interpreter Sami in their first feature. (CHUN Jinsu)

CREDIT
  • ScreenplayRana KAZKAZ, Magali NEGRONI
  • ProducerNicolas LEPRÊTRE, Raphaël ALEXANDRE, Anas KHALAF
  • CinematographyÉric DEVIN
  • EditorMonique DARTONNE
CastZIad BAKRI, Yumna MARWAN, David FIELD, Sawsan ARSHEED, Miranda TAPSELL
FILM SOURCE
Charades / festivals@charades.eu
DIRECTOR
Rana KAZKAZ
Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf are Syrian with dual French and American nationalities. Married, they have two children and currently live in Doha after leaving Damascus due to the Syrian conflict. They have written and directed five short films and are developing several feature films. Their latest short Mare Nostrum (2006) started its career in festivals with selections in Sundance and Dubai, and has received multiple awards.
Anas KHALAF
Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf are Syrian with dual French and American nationalities. Married, they have two children and currently live in Doha after leaving Damascus due to the Syrian conflict. They have written and directed five short films and are developing several feature films. Their latest short Mare Nostrum (2006) started its career in festivals with selections in Sundance and Dubai, and has received multiple awards.
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