The Tower

Director: Mats Grorud
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The film had a successful commercial release in Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.
It scooped seven awards from prestigious international film festivals.
A big campaign was launched for screening the film in refugee camps in Lebanon and Palestine.
It landed its world premiere at the 42nd Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
The Tower is a deeply emotional fiction based on true stories of Palestinian refugees living in camps in Lebanon, inspired by real-life interviews with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
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2018/ France - Sweden - Norway79 min/ Drama
Beirut, Lebanon, Today. Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, lives with her whole family in the refugee camp where she was born. She learns about her family’s history through stories told to her by three earlier generations of refugees.
Romina AdlKasravi
Mohamed Bakri
Najila Said
Morad Hassan
Screenwriter: Mats Grorud
Editor: Silje Nordseth
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Production Company(ies)
Les Contes modernes
Cinenic Film
Frode Søbstad
film festivals
Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France
Metropolis Youth Film Festival, Lebanon
Boston Palestine Film Festival, USA
Arab Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Egypt
Marrakech International Film Festival, Morocco
London Palestine Film Festival, UK
Palestine Cinema Days, Palestine
Annecy International Animated Film, France
Arab Film Festival in Famac, France
Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
Helsinki International Film Festival, Finland
European Film Festival in Ishbilia, Lebanon
Cairo Cinema Days, Egypt
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival, Spain
Franco Arab Film Festival, Jordan
Lisbonne Monstra Lisboa Animation Festival, Portugal
Festival International du Film d'Histoire de Pessac, France
Global Migration Film Festival
Festival International des Arts Jeune Public, Canada
Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival, Norway
film awards
Liv Ullmann Peace Prize and the Professional Jury: 2nd Prize for Best Animated Feature Film at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, USA
Jury Special Award and the Best Soundtrack Award at the Lisbonne Monstra Lisboa Animation Festival
Jury Award at the Festival International du Film d'Histoire de Pessac
Secondary School Students Prize at the Festival International des Arts Jeune Public
Best Editing at the Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival
“The Tower is filled with moments of bittersweet humor and shreds of hope…” - Jordan Mintzer (The Hollywood Reporter)

“The Tower is a fascinating lesson in history.” Fabien Lemercier - Cineuropa