Director: Soudade Kaadan
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Winner of two awards at the Venice International Film Festival
World premiered at the Orizzonti Extra Competition at the Venice International Film Festival
Nominated for Best Film at the London Film Festival
Soudade Kaadan directed three award-winning films that are available on Netflix
Received the Post-Production Award at the Cairo International Film Festival’s Cairo Film Connection
Received Baumi Award for script development from the Berlinale and was awarded the ARTE at the Cannes Film Festival and the Sorfond Award as part of Cinéfondation’s workshop
Supported by Torino Film Lab, the Doha Film Institute, and the British Film Institute
To hold its Arab world premiere at the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF)
To compete in the RSIFF’s Competition
Nezouh Poster
2022/ UK, Syria, France104 min/ Drama
Original Title
The film takes place during the Syrian conflict, when a missile destroys the ceiling of the house of 14-year-old Zeina. As a result, she sleeps for the first time under the stars and makes friends with Amer – the boy next door.
When the violence escalates, Hala – Zeina’s mother – decides to leave. She then gets into an argument with her husband, Motaz, who refuses to become a refugee and tries everything to stop his family from leaving their house.
Kinda Alloush Hala Zein Samir Al-Masri Nizar Alani


Screenwriter: Soudade Kaadan DOP: Helene Louvart, Burak Kanbir Editor: Soudade Kaadan, Nelly Quettier

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Production Company(ies)
Berkeley Media Group Limited, KAF Production

Yu-Fai Suen, Soudade Kaadan

film festivals
Venice International Film Festival, Italy
Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
BFI London Film Festival, UK
Mostra de València – Cinema del Mediterrani, Spain
São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan
Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore
Red Sea International Film Festival, Saudi Arabia
film awards
Audience Award - Armani Beauty (Orizzonti Extra), Venice International Film Festival
Lanterna Magica Award, presented by Cinecircoli Giovanili Socioculturali (CGS), Venice International Film Festival
“Nezouh is a charming watch that blends feminist fairytale with real-life drama.”
Anna Smith - Deadline

“An intense and delicate film that bravely seeks to upend expectations of what the term “Syrian drama” generally suggests — violence and victims”.
Jonathan Holland - Screendaily

“Brimming with wonderful surrealist ideas.”
Fabien Lemercier - Cineuropa