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Plot, Details & Awards

Incendies

Rated R for some strong violence and language.

R In Theaters 04/22/2011 , 130min.
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Plot & Details

When notary Lebel (Remy Girard) sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan (Melissa Desormeaux Poulin, Maxim Gaudette) to read them their mother Nawal's will (Lubna Azabal), the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes -- one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn't know existed. In this enigmatic inheritance, Jeanne sees the key to Nawal's retreat into unexplained silence during the final weeks of her life. She immediately decides to go to the Middle East to dig into a family history of which she knows next to nothing.

Simon is unmoved by their mother's posthumous mind games. However, the love he has for his sister is strong, and he soon joins her in combing their ancestral homeland in search of a Nawal who is very different from the mother they knew. With Lebel's help, the twins piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate as well as the courage of an exceptional woman.

An adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, 'Incendies' is a deeply moving story that brings the extremism and violence of today's world to a starkly personal level, delivering a powerful and poetic testament of the will to survive.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Boston Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2011 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Foreign Language Film Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Genie Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Simon Meilleur Won
2010 Genie Awards Best Sound Jean-Pierre Laforce Won
2010 Genie Awards Best Sound Jean Umansky Won
2010 Genie Awards Best Actress Lubna Azabal Won
2010 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Claire Pochon Won
2010 Genie Awards Best Cinematography André Turpin Won
2010 Genie Awards Best Art Direction/Production Design André-Line Beauparlant Nominated
2010 Genie Awards Best Makeup Kathryn Casault Nominated
2010 Genie Awards Best Director Denis Villeneuve Won
2010 Genie Awards Best Editing Monique Dartonne Won
2010 Genie Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Denis Villeneuve Won
2010 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Sylvain Bellemare Won
2010 Genie Awards Best Picture Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Sundance Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2011 Sundance Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

SXSW

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2011 SXSW Film Presented Nominated

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