In today’s Beirut, Palestinian refugee Yasser (Kamel El Basha) has been assigned to fix building code violations in an insular Lebanese community. When Yasser attempts to fix a drainpipe protruding from the home of Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, Tony tries to ignore the request. Yasser begins the repair anyway and Tony lashes out, destroying the handyman’s work, prompting Yasser to shoot back with a vulgarity. Tony goes to Yasser’s boss and demands an apology, which Yasser finds hard to do. This neighborhood issue escalades and becomes a national affair dividing friends and factions in Beyrouth leading to an emotional and tense trial.
Written and directed by Ziad Doueiri, The Insult is Lebanon’s first Oscar-nominated film.
The subtle and electronic music score has been composed by Eric Neveux (music collaborator of acclaimed French directors Francois Ozon and Patrice Chereau).
“Some of my past scores have been rather big productions, with a lot of orchestral material, pop combos, percussions, and choirs. THE INSULT was the exact opposite – an intimate and minimalistic production. I had full control of the music as I played it all myself and programmed all the parts; which enabled me to do some additional work on the music for the release of the soundtrack. Its simplicity reminds me of my debut as an electronic artist, before I started to work on films,” says Eric Neveux of the score.
Eric on bringing Director Ziad Doueiri’s sonic vision to life: “Ziad wanted the score to be contemporary, a bit abstract and to have electronic sounds implemented. He didn’t want the music to be dark at all, or to have too much tension. This is a film about reconciliation and he wanted the music to reflect the fact that there is always hope, and that all stories don’t end with a war or a terrible fight. This is an optimistic movie, and I did my very best to reflect this idea in the score.”
Cohen Media Group released The Insult in theaters on January 12, 2018.
The Insult is nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards.