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IDFA 2022

The Lost Souls of Syria

Les suppliciés
Stéphane Malterre, Garance Le Caisne
France, Germany
2022
99 min
World Premiere
Festival history

“The other people are not people,” states a human rights lawyer describing the abhorrent regime of Bashar al-Assad, “They are obstacles.” Since 2011, many tens of thousands of Syrians have been killed or disappeared. A military police photographer code-named “Caesar” smuggled out of the country as many as 27,000 photos of prisoners who had been tortured and murdered.

Director Stéphane Malterre and his co-author and historical advisor Garance Le Caisne portray the Sisyphean task of discovering the identity of the victims and mapping the scale of the crimes in calm, elegant and flowing images, filmed in cool, restrained colors.

Lawsuits are prepared in Spain and France, but courts in Europe are hesitant to deal with the case, as the regime is still in power. Initially, only Germany dares to take the risk. However, when the Syrian regime issues death certificates for the missing people in 2018, France also takes action.

Credits
Director
Production
    Sébastien Onomo for Les Films d'Ici,
    Vanessa Ciszewski
Co-production
    Special Touch Studios,
    WDR
    Special Touch Studios,
    WDR
Cinematography
Sound
    Armin Badde,
    Frédéric Commault
    Armin Badde,
    Frédéric Commault
Sound Design
    Alexandros Topalis
    Alexandros Topalis
Music
    Raffael Seyfried,
    Gregor Keienburg
    Raffael Seyfried,
    Gregor Keienburg
Involved TV Channel
    WDR,
    Al Jazeera,
    TV5 Monde
    WDR,
    Al Jazeera,
    TV5 Monde
World Sales
    The Party Film Sales
    The Party Film Sales