Incendies Poster

Release Date: April 22nd, 2011

DVD Release Date: March 15th, 2011

R|2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary
Nawal (Lubna Azabal), a dying Middle Eastern woman living in Montreal, leaves separate letters to her twin children to be read once she passes away. Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) is to deliver hers to the father the twins never knew, and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) is to give his to the brother they never knew they had. The siblings travel to the Middle East separately, where they each experience acts of brutality, uncover a startling family history, and have revelations about themselves.

Cast: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Rémy Girard, Allen Altman, Mohamed Majd, Baya Belal, Abdelghafour Elaaziz

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Genres: Drama

Production Co: TS Productions, Phi Group

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Keywords: Mystery, 2000s, Sister, Transformation, Brother, Gripping, Mother, Father, Tense, 1970s, Growing up, Small town

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Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Foreign Language Film