Just like the mountain; harsh and relentless, the landscape of Mount Ararat contains the stories and testimonies of the Yezidi people. Inner Lines is simply a magnificent film that takes your breath away, makes you cry, angry and fascinated at the same time. A must see from this years program.
Nominated for Editing
Nominated for Directing
Nominated for Sound
Nominated for Cinematography
Original Title: Inner Lines Director: Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd Country: France & Belgium Year: 2022 Duration: 87 min Producer:‍ Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd

SPECIAL SCREENING: 16th of October (8:30 PM). Introduction; Writer writes about film. An essay by the Norwegian writer (TBA) will be presented live before the screening.

In military terminology, inner lines are escape routes which are located near opposing lines. They provide a way of passing undetected and fleeing. Around Mount Ararat, in Turkey and Armenia, messengers and their carrier pigeons travel along these parallel paths to meet up with communities in the grip of war. During their wanderings, they encounter Yezidis who have fled from the atrocities committed by Daesh and found refuge in transit camps in Turkey. They stand beside the last living survivors of the Armenian genocide. They travel around war-torn Nagorno-Karabakh, to accompany the bereaved families there. Throughout the story, men and women bear witness to what they have endured, to their shattered lives, to life fighting off death. Above all, their words tell a tale of violence inflicted by men on other men, a violence that seems everlasting.

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Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd is a Belgian filmmaker. Shot for the most part in 16 and super 8 mm film, his films bring together, through a poetic cinematographic gesture, wars and forgotten destinies, lost territories, incursions on the borders of reality and reason.

“My cinema is inscribed in the real but my films are not documentaries that explain, analyze or try to convince the viewer of a particular situation or issue. The way I conceive cinema is as a sensitive experience revolving around the abilities to share, live and feel.”


Le cercle des noyés (2007)
Territoire perdu (2011)