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Deserted (2021)

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Feature film | Thriller | Drama Duration 92:00


On an assignment to the abandoned, lawless and apocalyptic Sinai coast a Swedish photo journalist Ingrid (Frida Westerdahl) is kidnapped by a gang of Palestinian men and hidden in the desert. Soon Ingrid finds herself falling in love with the most sympathetic of the abductors, Ali (Ali Suliman). Ali's boss Moussa (Firas Taybeh) suspects that something is going on and becomes increasingly dangerous and violent.
This is a film about an all-conquering love between people from completely different cultural backgrounds who find each other in the desert. It is in the desert where the soul becomes naked and ...

Director: Kadri Kõusaar

Keywords: journalist | love story | desert | Western world | woman | hostage | taking hostage | hostage crisis | freedom fight | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Meteoriit
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Thriller, Drama
Text / Dialogue English, araabia, Swedish
Duration 92:00


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Producer Aet Laigu | Charlotte Most | Maria Larsson Guerpillon | Merja Ritola | Essi Haukkamaa
Director Kadri Kõusaar
Screenwriter Kadri Kõusaar
Cinematographer Sten-Johan Lill
Costume Designer Anu Gould
Composer BJ Nilsen
Sound Designer Joonas Jyrälä
Editor Menni Renvall

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, Busan International Film Festival (South Korea), 2021, Programme: World Cinema
  • Award, EFTA - National Estonian Film and Television Awards (Estonia), 2022, Best Film; Best Cinematography

Partners and Sponsors

  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm