Omar (Amir El-Masry) is a young Syrian musician stationed upon a fictional remote Scottish island, where he and a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims. Omar shares his accommodation with Farhad, a Freddie Mercury fan who fled Afghanistan; Nigerian Wasef, who dreams of footballing glory; and Abedi, a reluctant realist.
Isolated from his family and any sense of belonging in a strange land, a broken arm leaves Omar feeling further adrift and unable to play his grandfather’s oud (a stringed instrument), which he has carried all the way from his homeland.
Grounded by El-Masry’s tender and understated performance, Limbo deftly balances comedy with melancholy, to create a wonderfully touching story about wanting to belong.
Winner – TCM Youth Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2020
Cannes Film Festival 2020
Toronto International Film Festival 2020
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2020
BFI London Film Festival 2020
Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2021