First Lebanese movie nominated for Oscar

The Insult, Ziad Doueri's courtroom thriller, is one of five films shortlisted in foreign-language category
By Staff writer
Tue 23 Jan 2018 05:58 PM

The Insult, Ziad Doueri's Beirut-set courtroom thriller, on Tuesday become the first Lebanese film to nominated in the Oscars' foreign-language category.

The film, which picked up the best actor award for Kamel El Basha in Venice, was the 14th film to be submitted by Lebanon since 1978.

The Insult deals with the story of Lebanese Christian Tony (Adel Karam) and Palestinian refugee Yasser (Yasser El Basha) who exchange harsh words after Yasser tries to repair a drainpipe on Tony's balcony. The fallout leads to violence, courtroom confrontations and national attention.

The other nominees for the best foreign language film Oscar, which will be handed out on March 4 in Hollywood, include A Fantastic Woman (Chile), Loveless (Russia), On Body and Soul (Hungary) and The Square (Sweden).

Fairy tale romance The Shape of Water topped the list of Oscar nominations with 13 nods, including for best picture, actress and supporting actor.

In second place was World War II epic Dunkirk with eight, while crime drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri came in third with seven.

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