April 22nd 2011
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 130 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Rémy Girard, Abdelghafour Elaaziz, Allen Altman, Mohamed Majd, Nabil Sawalha, Baya Belal, Bader Alami, Karim Babin, Anthony Ecclissi, Yousef Shweihat
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Writers: Wajdi Mouawad, Denis Villeneuve
  • Producers: Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
  • Co Producers: Anthony Doncque, Milena Poylo, Gilles Sacuto
  • Associate Producers: Phoebe Greenberg, Penny Mancuso, Ziad Touma
  • Castings: Constance Demontoy, Christelle Dufour
  • D.O.P.: André Turpin
  • Editor: Monique Dartonne
  • Makeup: André Duval
  • Music: Grégoire Hetzel
  • Production Design: André-Line Beauparlant
  • Set Decorations: Rana Abboot, Marie-Soleil Dénommé, Amin Charif El Masri, Philippe Lord


A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Amman, Jordan; Montréal, Canada
  • MPAA Warning: Some strong violence and language
  • Production Budget: $6.8 million
  • Production Companies: TS Productions, micro_scope

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed 2005 play "Scorched" and Canada's official Best Foreign Language Film entry for the Oscars, this premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews, calling it Quebec filmmaker Villeneuve's best work to date. The film's trailer is highly impressive, the sheer scope on offer makes you wonder how in the world this was a stage play as it's so cinematic.

Further investigation reveal the film itself has made some major changes to the play, cutting down some of his more extended monologues in favour of a stripped down investigative story of past secrets, terrorism and genocide in a Lebanon-esque fictional Middle Eastern country named Fuad.

The pace is slow which may keep the audience restricted to the art house crowd, but the performances are stellar and as an adaptation it stands strongly on its own. The only complaint seems to be a few minor plot holes towards the end not quite coming together. A must-see that'll probably rate highly on many best of lists next year."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 12 January 2011: Belgium, France
  • 21 January 2011: Italy
  • 28 January 2011: Poland
  • 4 February 2011: Spain
  • 25 February 2011: Brazil
  • 10 March 2011: Greece, Israel
  • 12 May 2011: Germany