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GenreDrama, Comedy
DirectorBen Sharrock
WritersBen Sharrock
LanguageEnglish, Arabic
Running Time1HR 43MINS
SeasonMain Programme

A group of asylum seekers find themselves stuck on a remote Scottish island in Ben Sharrock's critically acclaimed comedy-drama Limbo.

Omar (rising star Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician, awaits the result of his asylum claim. He feels trapped - not only by the harsh landscape, but by guilt, regret, his loss of identity and his daunting future. However, he isn't alone. In between brief long-distance conversations with his parents and passing interactions with oddball locals, Omar and his fellow asylum seekers 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.

A wry, funny and poignant cross-cultural satire that subtly sews together the hardship and hope of the refugee experience, Limbo not only shines a light on the hearts and lives of those at the centre of a crisis that is mostly only experienced through the headlines but also heralds the arrival of a bold new voice in British filmmaking.

"Witty, poignant, marvellously composed and shot, moving and even weirdly gripping...Ben Sharrock announces himself as a master of atmospheric film-making with this stirring drama. - ★★★★★" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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