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+ Q&A with director Ben Sharrock and actor Amir El-Masry

A twice BAFTA-nominated deadpan comedy and poignant tale of a group of refugees stuck on a Hebridean outpost.

BFI Festivals Director Tricia Tuttle will host the Q&A

Image from Limbo

UK 2020
Dir Ben Sharrock
With Amir El-Masry, Vikash Bhai, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Kenneth Collard, Ola Orebiyi, Kwabena Ansah
Certificate 12A
A MUBI Release

Ben Sharrock’s assured second feature, about a Syrian musician waiting out his asylum request on a remote Scottish island. A refreshingly different voice in UK cinema, Scottish writer-director Ben Sharrock won the Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival for his feature debut Pikadero, a quirky love story shot in the Basque language. Limbo has a similar singularity; a deadpan comedy and a poignant tale of a group of refugees stuck, pending asylum, on a weather-beaten Hebridean outpost. Sharrock cites Elia Suleiman as an inspiration – here, too, we see deep humanity behind Sharrock’s wry gaze and a desire to move beyond cross-cultural narratives of reconciliation. Rising UK star Amir El-Masry impresses as Omar, one of four men in this ‘limbo’ together, who bond over the shared strangeness of their situation and the distance from their homes and families.

Tricia Tuttle, Director of Festivals

Tickets on sale to BFI Champions and Patrons Tue 29 Jun 11:30, to BFI Members Tue 29 Jun 12:30 and to the public from Wed 30 Jun 11:30.

All screenings will have Audio Description.

These screenings will be presented with HoH subtitles for the D/deaf or hard of hearing: Sun 1 Aug 11:15 NFT3, Wed 4 Aug 17:55 Studio.

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