製作公司：Tenk.tv, Les Contes Modernes, Cinenic Film
- 2019年Skip City 國際影展觀眾票選獎大獎
- 2018年巴勒斯坦Cinema Days
Beirut, Lebanon, Today. Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, lives with her whole family in the refugee camp where she was born. Her beloved great-grandfather Sidi was one of the first people to settle in the camp after being chased from his home back in 1948.
Beirut, Lebanon, Today.
Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, lives with her whole family in the refugee camp where she was born. Her beloved great-grandfather Sidi was one of the first people to settle in the camp after being chased from his home back in 1948. The day Sidi gives her the key to his old house back in Galilea, she fears he may have lost hope of someday going home. As she searches for Sidi’s lost hope around the camp, she will collect her family’s testimonies, from one generation to the next.
The Tower is an animation feature film, a deeply emotional fiction based on true stories of Palestinian refugees in a Lebanese Camp. The film tells the story of Wardi (11) and her family. It's a story about the unbreakable bond between Wardi and her great-grandfather, and the sacrifice that he makes for her to have chance for a decent life. The love that family members share for each other and the way they keep hope alive is stronger than the difficulty of life in a refugee camp.
The film is based on interviews with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, lives in a refugee camp where she was born. The day her great-grandfather Sidi gives her the key to his old house back in Galilea, she fears he may have lost hope of someday going home.
Portraying 70 years of strife through the eyes of an 11-year-old girl exiled in Beirut, Mats Grorud’s The Tower offers up a dark if rather accessible depiction of how Israel’s creation in 1948 resulted in the forced displacement of a quarter of a million Palestinians — most of whom have never returned to their homeland.
The first feature-length film by Norwegian director Mats Grorud, The Tower (2019) takes an empathetic look at a teenager's search for her identity while living with her family in a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut.
Writer/Director: Mats Grorud
Producer: Frode Søbstad
Production Co: Tenk.tv, Les Contes Modernes, Cinenic Film
Cast: Romina Adl Kasravi, Michalis Koutsogiannakis, Aïssa Maïga, Mohammad Bakri, Mouna Hawa
- Best Children Film Nominee, Aman Awards, Norway, 2019.
- Best Editing Nominee, Amanda Awards, Norway, 2019.
- Best Film Nominee, Cairo IFF, 2018.
- Best Sound Design in a Feature Film Production Nominee, Emile Awards, 2018.
- Best Animated Film Nominee, Lumiere Awards, France, 2020.
- Mats Grorud, Audience Award Nominee, Oslo Films from the South Festival, 2018.
- Liv Ullmann Peace Prize, Professional jury: 2nd prize Best Animated Feature, Chicago International Children's Film Festival, 2018.
- Grand Prize, Audience Award, Skip City International D-Cinema Festival, 2019.
- Best Feature Film, Anibar Animation Festival, 2019.
- Grand Prize, Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Film Festival, 2019.
- Best Soundtrack, MONSTRA, Lisbon Animation Festival, 2021.
- Busan IFF, 2018.
- Amanda Awards, Norway, 2019.
- Thessaloniki FF, 2018.
- Helsinki IFF – Love & Anarchy, 2018.
- Palestine Cinema Days, 2018.
- Haifa Independet FF, 2019.
- ALFILM Arab FF Berlin, 2019.
- Seoul International Cartoon and Animation FF, 2019.
Interviews with Mats Grorud:
Mats Grorud is a film director and animator from Norway. He previously directed two short films and has worked as an animator on several feature films, documentaries and music videos. During his childhood, his mother worked as a nurse in refugee camps in Lebanon. In the 1990s, Mats studied at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon while working as an English and Animation teacher in the Burj el Barjaneh refugee camp. Based on the testimonies of the refugees and his experience, he wrote the script for his first-feature film, The Tower. Press Kit
- The Tower is the first feature from director Mats Grorud, a Norwegian animator who previously spent a year volunteering in Bourj el Barajneh. It brims with the rich detail of lived experience — Grorud even incorporates photos of people he met in the camp. He worked on the film for eight years (six on development, two on production); it was finally released last year, when it premiered out of competition at Annecy Festival. https://www.cartoonbrew.com/interviews/interview-mats-grorud-on-bringing-animation-to-a-palestinian-refugee-camp-181938.html
- The Norwegian-born Grorud spent a year working at the Burj el-Barajneh camp in the suburbs south of Beirut, culling stories from some of the refugees he encountered. From that experience he crafted the tale of Wardi (voiced by Romina Adl Kasravi), a smart if shy pre-teen who was born in the camp and, sadly, represents the fourth generation of her family living there. Wardi is closest with her great-grandfather, Sidi (Mikhalis Koutsogiannakis), and their relationship is the starting point for a movie that flashes back and forth between the grim quotidian of Burj el-Barajneh and the 70 years of history that has left the Palestinians in such a helpless predicament. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/tower-review-1119742
- Grorud worked as an animation teacher in the Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp, established by The League of Red Cross Societies to host Palestinian refugees from northern Israel. Based on his experience and research there, he created the story of “The Tower.” https://variety.com/2018/film/festivals/annecy-mats-grorud-palestine-animation-and-hope-1202839402/
- “ The debut film by Norwegian director Mats Grorud tenderly and intelligently recounts the story of a family living at a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon”
- “…Grorud has nevertheless been able to approach it with enough delicacy and humanity so as to avoid the weight of war propaganda, choosing instead to weave an emotive thread through various generations….”
- “…An approach packaged in a controlled and expressive animation, combining puppets and 2D and allowing the film to make a seemingly very adult topic accessible to a young audience…”
- Norwegian animation director Mats Grorud unveiled his debut feature, a drama about a family of Palestinian refugees in Beirut, in an out-of-competition slot in Annecy. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/tower-review-1119742
- The choice to have the film voiced in English rather than the characters’ native Arabic proves, however, to be problematic at times, with some of the dialogue and delivery less natural than it could be. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/tower-review-1119742
- “An insightful portrayal of several generations of a family of refugees, as seen through the eyes of a little girl. The filmmaker skillfully combines three different animation techniques, to depict with great humanity and tenderness our universal humanity. The tower becomes a metaphor that touches us all.” https://monstrafestival.com/en/news/monstra-grand-prix-feature-film/
- In a Q&A, director Keith Maitland revealed that he filmed locations at the University of Texas – IMDB
- The film is set in Bourj el Barajneh, one of the many Palestinian refugee camps formed in Lebanon after the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, and the subsequent expulsion and displacement of Palestinians from where they had been living. https://www.cartoonbrew.com/interviews/interview-mats-grorud-on-bringing-animation-to-a-palestinian-refugee-camp-181938.html