What should have been a trivial altercation, quickly settled and forgotten, instead propels two men to the center of a politically charged scandal in Lebanon-one that reopens historical and political wounds on both sides. When Yasser, a Palestinian refugee and building foreman, and Tony, a Christian nationalist and auto mechanic, go head to head after a misunderstanding involving a drainpipe on Tony’s balcony, Yasser utters an insult Tony cannot forgive. The events immediately following result in the two stubborn men facing off in court where, fueled by the media and a famous right-wing Christian lawyer, old wounds and unresolved tension threaten to divide a nation.
The Insult (French: L’insulte; Arabic: قضية رقم ٢٣, translit. Qadiyya raqm 23, lit. ‘Case No. 23’) is a 2017 Lebanese drama film directed by Ziad Doueiri and co-written by Doueiri and Joelle Touma. It was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival. At Venice, Kamel El Basha won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. It was selected as the Lebanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for an Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards.
The Insult (2018)
Directed by: Ziad Doueiri
Starring: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh, Diamand Bou Abboud, Rita Hayek, Talal Jurdi, Christine Choueiri, Julia Kassar, Rifaat Torbey, Carlos Chahine, Georges Daoud, Christina Farah
Screenplay by: Ziad Doueiri, Joelle Touma
Production Design by: Hussein Baydoun
Cinematography by: Tommaso Fiorilli
Film Editing by: Dominique Marcombe
Costume Design by: Lara Mae Khamis
Makeup Department: Stéphanie Aznarez
Music by: Éric Neveux
MPAA Rating: R for language and some violent images.
Distributed by: Cohen Media Group
Release Date: January 26, 2018