*With the presentation of Kitty Aal

An adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s brilliant stage play, Fires centers on the quest of two Quebecois siblings, Jeanne and Simon, as they discover their family’s mysterious past in an unnamed Middle Eastern country. Upon the death of their mother, Nawal (played by the quietly fierce Lubna Azabal), as part of their inheritance they are each given a letter imparting them with a mission to find a significant member of the family they never met. It is a brutal education as they unravel a history of mythic proportions that reveals the unimaginable bonds between strangers and enemies. Villeneuve masterfully recreates Moawad’s tale of facing truths, the absurdity of civil war, and the beauty of giving order to disorder.

Kitty Aal

France Canada

Gregory Hetzel

Adelaide Film Festival - Best Feature
Atlantic Film Festival - Best Canadian Film
Australian Film Critics Association Awards - Best International Film
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
Cinéfest Sudbury - Audience Award
FICE - Italian Essay Film Federation - Best Foreign Film
Genie Awards - Best Director; Best Film; Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Actress; Best Sound; Best Sound Editing; Best Cinematography; Best Editing
Jutra Awards - Best Film; Best Director; Best Screenplay; Best Cinematography; Best Editing; Best Actress; Best Sound; Best Art Director; Best Costume Design
Margritte Awards - Best Actress
Palm Springs Film Festival - Best Film
Rotterdam Film Festival - Audience Award
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards - Best Canadian Film
Toronto Film Festival - Best Canadian Film
Valladolid Film Festival - Audience Award; Best Screenplay
Vancouver Film Critics Circle - Best Canadian Film; Best Director; Best Actress
Vancouver Film Festival - Best Canadian Film
Warsaw Film Festival - Grand Prize; Best Actress

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