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Twins Jeanne and Simon Marwan weren’t expecting much from their mother Nawal’s will. They are understandably stunned when Jean Lebel, notary and longtime friend of Nawal, reads her last wishes: the twins are to deliver two letters, one to a father they thought dead, the other to a brother they never knew existed. With help from Lebel, they slowly piece together Nawal’s heartbreaking story, that of a life mortgaged by cycle of hatred and war. And they finally discover their mother’s exceptional courage and resolve. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed stage play, Incendies, takes a painfully poetic look at the roots of all wars through two young adults’ personal voyage to the core of hatred and enduring love.

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Denis Villeneuve

A key figure in the new generation of Canadian filmmakers, Denis Villeneuve has established a unique voice. In 1998, his first film, Un 32 août sur Terre, was screened in more than 35 international film festivals, notably in Cannes, Telluride and Toronto. In 2000, Maelström was selected in 40 festivals and won more than 25 awards around the world, including the prestigious International Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI) at the 2001 Berlinale. In 2008, Villeneuve’s short film Next Floor took home the Canal+ award at Cannes’ Critic’s Week. In 2009, his third feature, the critically acclaimed Polytechnique, was selected for Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight. In Canada, the film won nine Genie and five Jutra Awards.

35 mm

105 minutes


Aspect ratio


Subtitled in English

Original version in French




Luc Déry

Kim McCraw

Director and Scriptwriter

Denis Villeneuve

Director of Photography

André Turpin


Monique Dartonne


Sylvain Bellemare

Jean Umansky

Jean-Pierre Laforce


Rémy Girard

Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin

Maxim Gaudette

Lubna Azabal


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