Film - CineVision Competition Filmfest 2021


Directed by Ben Sharrock


Director: Ben Sharrock
Section: CineVision Competition
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2019
Language: Arabic, English
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Amir El-Masry, Vikash Bhai, Ola Orebiyi, Kwabena Ansah, Sidse Babett Knudsen
18+ (no age rating)

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Sometimes humorous, sometimes melancholy, these grand and amusing snapshots offer a reflection on our times.

In the grayish-brown hills of a dreary Scottish island, Omar’s baby-blue rain jacket is a real eye-catcher. When he enters a lonely telephone booth to call his mother in Turkey, comes face-to-face with his classmates in the drab integration classroom, or sees his grandfather’s silent oud, he’s reminded of the homeland he left behind. In wonderfully staged tableaux, director Ben Sharrock’s tragicomic debut film is about finding one’s way in a new country. The film was inspired by Sharrock’s own experiences working for an NGO in a refugee shelter in Algeria and during a stay in Damascus.

You'll find a Q&A with LIMBO director Ben Sharrock here.

You can buy tickets for the screening at the associated cinema Filmtheater Sendlinger Tor here.

Meet the director


Ben Sharrock

British writer-director Ben Sharrock earned a degree in Arabic studies and political science from the University of Edinburgh prior to studying film directing at the Screen Academy Scotland. Several short film projects were followed by his feature film debut, PIKADERO (2015), which premiered at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. LIMBO is Sharrock’s second feature film; it had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2020. Sharrock and his partner Irune Gurtubai, who served as producer of LIMBO, founded the production company Caravan Cinemas.


Screenplay: Ben Sharrock
Director of Photography: Nick Cooke
Film Editor: Karel Dolak, Lucia Zucchetti
Producer: Irune Gurtubai, Angus Lamont
Production Company: Caravan Cinema
World Sales: Protagonist Pictures