Incendies (2011)


Incendies is an Oscar nominated film about a set of twins who travel to the Middle East to track down their family tree. The film is based on a play by Wajdi Mouawad.

The twins, Jeanne and Simon, must confront hatred, war, and finally find a place for love in a world that seems averse to the very concept.

The play that the film is based on is called Scorched. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film on January 25, 2011.

The Scoop

Incendies was directed by Denis Villeneuve. Villeneuve previously wrote and directed the film Maelstrom, which won a number of foreign awards, such as the FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011. Villeneuve has won 33 awards over the years, and he was nominated for a further 6 awards. His talent has finally found Oscar love, which should boost his career to ever greater heights.


Who’s It For?

Incendies is rated R.


Movie Release Date

Incendies has a limited release planned for April 22, 2011.

Who’s In It?

 Lubna Azabal … Nawal Marwan
  Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin … Jeanne Marwan
  Maxim Gaudette … Simon Marwan
  Rémy Girard … Notary Jean Lebel
  Abdelghafour Elaaziz … Abou Tarek
  Allen Altman … Notary Maddad
  Mohamed Majd … Chamseddine
  Nabil Sawalha … Fahim
  Baya Belal … Maika

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What’s Good About It?

The film has received great reviews, and the Oscar nomination is a surefire sign that there is quality in Incendies.

What’s Bad About It?

Foreign language films rarely make much money stateside. American audiences may not respond very well to the film.

Our Clever Prediction

The foreign language award at this year’s Academy Awards is dominated by films about the Middle East, which may make Incendies look like more of the same to most in the audience. It’ll be interesting to see if it wins. If Incendies goes home with the Oscar, then I think it’ll make a good sum at the box office. Not Avatar numbers, but it should be good.