MUBI, the global distributor and curated film streaming service, has released the official UK trailer for Ben Sharrock’s critically acclaimed British debut feature Limbo, which will be released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on 30 July 2021.
Written and directed by Ben Sharrock and starring Amir El-Masry (The One, Industry, Jack Ryan, The Night Manager), Limbo is a wry, funny and poignant cross-cultural satire that subtly sews together the hardship and hope of the refugee experience.
Set on a fictional remote Scottish island, it follows a group of new arrivals as they await the results of their asylum claims. Among them is Omar (Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician struggling with the guilt, regret and grief that comes with leaving his former life behind.
This deadpan comedy-drama from a bold new voice in British cinema shines a light on the hearts and lives of those at the centre of a crisis that is mostly only experienced through the headlines.
Reflecting the complexity of the movement of people across borders has been a long-held passion for Sharrock, who spent time working for an NGO in refugee camps in southern Algeria, and living in Damascus shortly before the outbreak of the Syrian civil war.
There, he formed a network of friends whose personal stories inspired Limbo. Amir El-Masry is joined by Vikash Bhai (The Stranger, Flack), Ola Orebiyi, and Kwabena Ansah. Sidse Babett Knudsen (The Duke Of Burgundy, Borgen) and Kais Nashif (Tel Aviv On Fire) round out the supporting roles.
Limbo also features non-actors in supporting roles and as extras, including refugees who have made their home across Scotland and locals from the Outer Hebrides.
Limbo formed part of the Cannes 2020 selection and has received widespread acclaim following its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, its European Premiere at the San Sebastian International Festival, where it won the Youth Jury Award, and the BFI London Film Festival.
Other festival wins include the Golden Pyramid award for Best Film at Cairo International Film Festival along with the Henry Barakat Award and the FIPRESCI critics’ prize.
The film also picked up Best Film and Best Screenplay at Macau Film Festival. Limbo is nominated for Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut for the 2021 BAFTA Film Awards.
Writer/Director Ben Sharrock, producer Irune Gurtubai, and Amir El-Masry were also named BAFTA Breakthrough 2020 honorees last year.
Gurtubai won the Breakthrough Producer Award at 2020 BIFA Awards where El-Masry was nominated in the Best Actor category.
LIMBO WILL BE RELEASED BY MUBI IN CINEMAS IN THE UK AND IRELAND ON 30 JULY 2021