Neighbours

Director: Mano Khalil
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Received around 30 awards and screened at over 60 film festivals.
Released in Switzerland for over 3 Months.
Landed its Arab world premiere at Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.
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2021/ Switzerland - Syria - Iraq124 min/ Drama, Coming of age
Original Title
Nachbarn
SYNOPSIS
Set during Hafez al-Assad’s regime in the 1980s, in a small village on the Turkish-Syrian border, Sero, a Kurdish child, must deal with how his small world is radically changing through the phase of absurd nationalism.
CAST
Serhed Khalil
Jalal Altawil
Jay Abdo
Mazen Al Natour
CREW
Screenwriter: Mano Khalil
DOP: Stéphane Kuthy
Editor: Thomas Bachmann
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Production Company(ies)
Frame Films
Producer(s)
Mano Khalil
film festivals
Shanghai International Film Festival, China
Gangneung International Film Festival, South Korea
Cameraimage International Film Festival , Poland
Alekino Film Festival, Poland
Emden Film Festival, Germany
Cinéalma Film Festival, France
Zlin International Film Festival, Czech Republik
Braunschweig International Film Festival, Germany
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, USA
Bastau International Film Festival, Kazakhstan
Red Sea International Film Festival, Saudi Arabia
Olympia International Film Festival, Greece
Terni Film Festival, Italy
Palm Spring international Film Festival, USA
New York Jewish Film Festival, USA
Vienna Jewish Film Festival, Austria
Festival de Cinema Jeue de Barcelona, Spain
Cleveland Jewish Film Festival, USA
Victoria International Jewish Film Festival, Canada
Virginia Film Festival, USA
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, USA
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland
San Luis Obispo Jewish Film Festival, CA
Miami Jewish Film Festival, USA
International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh
Bozen International Film Festival, Italy
Innsbruck Int. Film festival, Austria
Freistadt Neue Heimats Filmfestival
New York Kurdish Film Festival, USA
Amstrdam Kurdish Film Festival, Netherlands
Roterdam Arab film festival, Netherlands
Hollywood Arab film festival, USA
MiWorld Young Film Festival, Spain
Paris Kurdish film festival, France
Amstrdam Kurdish film festival, Netherlands
AmiCorti International Filmfestival, Italy
Toronto JFF, Canada
Busan Children Film festival, South Korea
Seoul International Children Film Festival, Korea
International Film Festival for Children and Youth “Hero”, Russia.
Imagine India International Film Festival, Spain
African Asian Latin Amercian Film Festival, Spain
Boston Film Festival, USA
Mons International Film Festival, Belgium
Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland
Religion Today Film Festival, Italy
CineAlma Film Festival, France
Terni Film Festival, Italy
Castellinaria International Film Festival, Switzerland
Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival, USA
Amicorti International Filmfestival, Italy
film awards
San Francisco Film Critics Award for Best Movie, USA
Audience Award, Emden Film Festival, Germany
Best Movie, Gangneung Film Festival, South Korea
Best movie (SIGNIS Film Award), Religion Today Film Festival, Italy
Best Film Award, CineAlma Film Festival, France
Best Film Award, Terni Film Festival, Italy
Special Jury Mention, Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland
Premio Utopia, Castellinaria International Film Festival, Switzerland
Best Script Award, Red Sea International Film Festival, Saudi Arabia
“Human Values Award" Best Movie from Greek Parliament, Olympia International Film Festival, Greece
"European Values Award" Best Movie from European Parliament, Olympia International Film Festival, Greece
Angel for Best Film & Critics Award, Terni Film Festival, Italy
Audience Award, Boston Jewish Film Festival, USA
Audience Award for Best Feature Film, Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival, USA
Audience Award and Grand Prix (Best Future Film), Mons International Film Festival, Belgium
Teacher Jury Award, Audience Award, and Best Movie award, MiWorld Milano International Film Festival, Spain
Best Actor and Best Movie, Hollywood Arab Film Festival, USA
Best Movie Award, International Film Festival for Children and Youth “Hero", Russia 2022
Südwind-Preis der Jugendjury, Innsbruck Film Festival, Austria
Best Script Award and Best Movie Award, Amicorti International Film Festival, Italy
Best Actor Award "Serhed Khalil" Rolle Sero
Best Director Award at Rotterdam Arab international Filmfestival, Holland
Best Directors Award at Seoul International Children's Film Festival, South Korea
Quotes
“Every scene in Mano Khalil’s film narrates a story that its parts integrate, creating a poetic and heartbreaking celluloid”.
Ibrahim Hajj - Eremnews

“With a blend of sarcasm and laughter, NEIGHBORS portrays the absurdity of war through the eyes of a child who eventually finds light in a dark doubtful dictatorial world.”
Khaled Mahmoud - Shorouk news


“A rich script that crosses boundaries between documentary and narration”.
Elhayat Alarabiya

“NEIGHBOURS is both a touching, warm human tale laced with humor and childhood appeal, and a pointed satiric look at the roots of hate, not just in Syria,”
Cate Marquis -We are Movie Geeks