THE TRANSLATOR

A film by Rana Kazkaz & Anas Khalaf

Feature film - 105'

TO BE RELEASED IN THEATER, SEPTEMBER 2021


SYNOPSIS

In 2000, Sami was the translator for the Syrian Olympic team in Sydney. While translating, he made a slip of the tongue forcing him to stay in Australia and live as a political refugee.
In 2011, the Syrian revolution starts and Sami’s brother is arrested for demonstrating peacefully. Sami makes the dangerous journey back to Syria in order to find his brother. Once there, Sami becomes increasingly aware of his responsibility towards his country and family, leading him to risk everything for freedom.

CREDITS

With: Ziad BAKRI, Yuman MARWAN, David FIELD, Sawsan ARSHEED,
Miranda TAPSELL, Reem ALI, Carlos CHAHINE, Rami FARAH,
Fares HELOU, Zayd KHALAF, Ramzi MAQDISI et avec Kamel EL BASHA
Script: Rana KAZKAZ & Magali NEGRONI
Original idea: Rana KAZKAZ & Anas KHALAF
Producers: Nicolas LEPRETRE & Raphaël ALEXANDRE
Anas KHALAF
Co-producers: Francine LUSSER, Gérard MONIER, Patrick QUINET
Line Producer Jordan: Ossama BAWARDI - PHILISTINE FILMS
Line Producer Australia: MahVeen SHAHRAKI - BRAZEN LOT
1st Assistant Director: Baudouin DU BOIS
Cinematographer: Éric DEVIN
Editor: Monique DARTONNE
Sound: Luc CUVEELE
Benjamain BENOIT
Denis SÉCHAUD
Music: Thomas COUZINIER & Frédéric KOOSHMANIAN
Set Design: Catherine COSME
Costumes: Kay DEVANTHEY GIOVANNONI

FESTIVALS & WORKSHOPS

  • TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection - Industry Selects
  • Black Nights Film Festival - Tallinn 2020 First Feature Competition
  • FIFDH Geneva 2021 - 19th International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights Competition - Fiction
  • PIFF - Pune International Film Film Festival 2021 - Global Cinema (India)
  • CIFF 45 - Cleveland International Film Festival 2021 - International Narrative Competition
  • SIFF - Seattle International Film Festival 2021

  • Qumra 2020 - Doha Film Institute (Qatar)
  • L'Atelier de la Cinéfondation - Festival de Cannes 2017
  • Arte International Prize - L'Atelier de la Cinéfondation Festival de Cannes 2017
  • CNC Award at Meetings on the Bridge Istanbul Film Festival 2017 - (See article Cineuropa.com)
  • Granted by the Tribeca All Access Alumni Grant 2017 - Tribeca Film Institute
  • From Short to Feature - Cinemed - Montpellier - France 2016
  • Med Film Factory - Royal Film Commission - Jordan 2014
  • EXTERNAL LINKS

    FINANCING

    A coproduction GEORGES FILMS, SYNÉASTES FILMS, TIPI’MAGES PRODUCTIONS, ARTÉMIS PRODUCTIONS

    With the participation of CHICAGO MEDIA ANGELS, COCOON FILMS, ARTE FRANCE, CHARADES

    In coproduction with ARTE FRANCE CINÉMA, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG SSR, AD VITAM, PROXIMUS, SHELTER PROD

    With the participation of PHILISTINE FILMS, BRAZEN LOT

    With the support of OFFICE FÉDÉRAL DE LA CULTURE (OFC), TAX SHELTER DU GOUVERNEMENT FÉDÉRAL DE BELGIQUE

    With the participation of CINÉFOROM and the support of the LOTERIE ROMANDE

    In association with TAXSHELTER.BE & ING

    With the support of Sacem and CNC

    And supported by DOHA FILM INSTITUTE

    International Sales Agent: CHARADES

    French Distributor: ALBA FILMS

    US Distributor: LAUNCH RELEASING

    Swiss Distributor: AGORA FILMS