The Insult by Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri just became the first Lebanese movie to be nominated for an Oscar.
One of the most controversial directors in Lebanon just had his latest movie nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2018 Academy Awards. The Insult, starring Adel Karam and Kamel El Basha, touched a civil war sore still open in hearts of many Lebanese.
The movie follows the developments that happen after Tony (Karam) picks a fight with a Palestinian contractor, Yasser (El Basha), who had been sent to repair a pipe on Tony’s balcony. After a fiery exchange of words, comes violence, a lawsuit, and a whole lot of prejudice.
Overall, the movie explores some of the unconfronted aftermaths of the Lebanese civil war that lasted 15 years.
However, Ziad Doueiri has been up against much more than the movie’s sociopolitical plot. He came under scrutiny when it was revealed that he had spent time shooting a movie in occupied Palestinian territories, which is illegal for Lebanese people.
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Still, The Insult returned great reviews, both domestically and around the world. It was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where El Basha won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor.
The 90th Academy Award ceremony will air live on March 4, 2018.