30.09. - 09.10.2021

Taste of Cement Germany, Lebanon, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Qatar 2017 | 85 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2017

Ziad Kalthoum

ZIAD KALTHOUM (*1981) was born in Homs in Syria. He studied film and made two documentaries in Syria before fleeing via Lebanon to Berlin in 2012. His third feature-length film Taste of Cement won the main prize at the renowned documentary film festival Visions du Réel in Nyon.

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DOCUMENTARY More than one million people have fled the war in Syria to Lebanon. Many of them work on building sites constructing skyscrapers in Beirut, while on the other side of the border their own houses lie in ruins. At night, they're locked in on the site as there's a curfew for refugees. Cut off from their home country, every evening they gather in front of a TV set to get the latest news from Syria. Ziad Kalthoum's formally rigorous and finely composed film offers a visual translation of the feeling of living in exile without the chance of returning to a world torn apart by war, a translation that will long remain in the memory.
Original title: Taste of Cement
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: Arabic
Section: Veto!
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Ziad Kalthoum
Screenplay: Ziad Kalthoum
Producer: Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias Siebert
Director of Photography: Talal Khoury
Music: Sebastian Tesch
Production Design:
Editor: Alex Bakri, Frank Brummundt
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Syndicado
Production: Bidayyat for Audiovisual Art; Basis Berlin Filmproduktion
Contact: Aleksandar Govedarica, Syndicado:


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