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Concrete Valley

Filmstill from „Concrete Valley" by Antoine Bourges. Two men are sitting at a table in a classroom and are talking happily.
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  • Director

    Antoine Bourges

  • Canada / 2022
    90 min. / Original version with German and English subtitles

  • Original language

    Arabic, English

Rashid is a doctor, Farah is an actress, although that was back in Syria, and their life here in Toronto is different. It’s been five years already, time enough for their son Ammar to become a boy, time enough for routines to become established, although not time enough for everything to have settled; the calm and sunlight speak also of stasis. Rashid attends English classes, helps the neighbors with their medical ailments, tries to fix the boiler, while Farah works at a drugstore and has joined a local community initiative; they are together, but they are also apart. It’s not a hard existence but it’s not any easy one either, it’s even difficult to find quite the right adjective to describe it, one situation follows another and none receives greater emphasis than the others, each is unique, multivalent and ambivalent in its own way, quietly conveying a set of meanings that accumulate but don’t define. It’s like the forest that Rashid walks into at the beginning of the film and in some way he’s maybe there the whole time: silent, ominous, peaceful, detached, apart. A place of refuge, a place of reflection, a place of fear, a place that’s real. (James Lattimer)

Production Shehrezade Mian, Antoine Bourges. Production companies Markhor Pictures (Toronto, Canada), General Use (Vancouver, Canada). Director Antoine Bourges. Screenplay Antoine Bourges, Teyama Alkamli. Cinematography Nikolay Michaylov. Editing Lindsay Allikas. Sound design Lucas Prokaziuk. Sound Lucas Prokaziuk. Production design Amir Kiani. Costumes Asoomii Jay. Assistant director Meelad Moaphi. Executive producer Kazik Radwanski, Dan Montgomery. With Hussam Douhna, Amani Ibrahim, Abdullah Nadaf, Lynn Nanume.

Antoine Bourges, born in Paris in 1983, he went on to study film. His short and medium-length films as well as his feature debut FAIL TO APPEAR have been screened at international festivals. CONCRETE VALLEY is his second feature film. In addition to his directing work, he teaches film at the University of British Columbia.

Films: 2010: Woman Waiting (15 min.). 2012: East Hastings Pharmacy (48 min.). 2015: William in White Shirt (12 min.). 2017: Fail to Appear (70 min.). 2022: Concrete Valley.

Bonus Material

Essay and Director’s Statement on CONCRETE VALLEY

  • Filmstill from „Concrete Valley" by Antoine Bourges. in a bucolic landscape two children are playing on the bank of a river and a woman is sleeping nearby.


    Tiana Reid on the cumulative details of Antoine Bourges’ CONCRETE VALLEY

  • Filmstill from „Concrete Valley" by Antoine Bourges. Eight children play field hockey in a gymnasium.

    Director’s Statement

    Antoine Bourges on the collaborations that led to his film CONCRETE VALLEY

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