Film

Limbo

Date
Fri 05 November
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Price £5

Director: Ben Sharrock (UK, 2020)
Certification: 12  | 1h 44 min | Drama, Comedy | Language: English, Arabic with English subtitles

Ben Sharrock’s critically adored deadpan comedy-drama Limbo is a wry, funny and poignant cross-cultural satire that subtly sews together the hardship and hope of the refugee experience, shining a light on the hearts and lives of those at the centre of a crisis that is mostly only experienced through the headlines.

Set on a fictional remote Scottish island, Limbo tells the story of a group of new arrivals awaiting the results of their asylum claims. It centers on Omar (played by rising star Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician who, thousands of miles from home, finds himself trapped by guilt, regret and the grief that he carries for the loss of his former identity. Separated from his family and burdened by a plaster cast on his arm, Omar wanders the epic landscapes searching for answers to a complex past and daunting future.

But while he is stuck there, he isn’t alone. In between brief long-distance conversations with his parents and passing interactions with oddball locals, Omar and his new flatmates attend outrageously misjudged ‘cultural awareness’ classes, binge ‘Friends’ boxsets, and debate attending the local open mic night, all the while waiting for the delivery of letters that will ultimately determine their future. 

★★★★★ …”astounding scenery. There are shots and simple moments here that will break and remake you. Sublime”. TimeOut

★★★★★ One of the best films ever made about the refugee experience”. Radio Times

“Limbo is about refugees and asylum seekers in Britain, and it’s a bracingly internationalist and non-parochial piece of work: film-making with a bold view on the world but also as gentle and intimate as a much-loved sitcom… This is superlative film-making from Sharrock.”  – The Guardian

With support from the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) awarding funds from The National Lottery.

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