Neighbours

    All titles (2)
    Feature Film | 2019-2021 | Drama | Switzerland

    Main data

    DirectorMano Khalil
    Written byMano Khalil
    ProductionFrame Film
    DistributorFrenetic Films [ch]

    Project data

    Length of movie124
    Aspect ratio16:9 (1 : 1,78)
    Distribution formatProRes

    Brief synopsis

    In a Syrian border village in the early 1980s, little Sero experiences his first year at school. He plays cheeky pranks with his classmates, dreams of a television so that he can finally watch cartoons, and at the same time has to experience how the adults around him are increasingly crushed by nationalist despotism and violence. A new teacher has arrived to turn the Kurdish children into tight pan-Arab comrades. He bans the Kurdish language with his baton, orders the worship of Assad and preaches hatred of the Jews, the Zionist arch-enemies. The lessons confuse Sero, as his longtime neighbors are an endearing Jewish family. With a fine sense of humor and satire, director Mano Khalil paints a picture of a childhood that also finds light moments under the Assad dictatorship. The film is inspired by his personal childhood experiences and spans the touching narrative to the Syrian tragedy of the present.

    Cast

    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    Serhed KhalilSero [L]
    Jalal AltawilTeacher [L]
    Jay AbdoNahum [L]
    Heval NaifSalim [L]
    Ahmet ZirekHamo [L]
    Tuna DwekRosa [L]
    Mazin Alnatourn.a. [L]
    Necirvan Sirac RasulIbrahim [SR]
    Ismail ZagrosAram [SR]
    Jiyan ArmancRaoshan [SR]
    Ivan AndersonSawda [SR]
    Hain Adel BajoNura [SR]
    Nasimeh DaherShamsa [SR]
    Bangen AliUncle Ali [SR]
    Derya UydurlarHannah [SR]
    Camil ZikriMizaru [SR]
    Abdusalam Suleiman AbedIwazaru [SR]
    Salah RekaniKikazaru [SR]
    Majid Muhamad Weysin.a. [SR]
    Sherzad AbdullaSero 47 [BP]
    Ceto AbdulmaulaImam [BP]
    Alaa KalashPolice Officer [BP]
    Mufaq Rushdien.a. [BP]
    Necirvan HassanSecret Service [BP]

    Crew

    ActivityNameComment
    AccountantRené Gehri
    1st ADMartin Beyerle
    1st ADFabian Roos
    3rd ADSozdar Barazi
    Fx animatorGeorge Venetopoulos
    Fx animatorJérémie Dupraz
    Fx animatorBabis Venetopoulos
    ColoristChristoph Walther [1]
    Vfx traineeJérémie Dupraz
    Director of photographyStéphane Kuthy
    2nd unit dopMuhamed Jano
    1st assistant cameraDominik Roge
    2nd assistant cameraManuel Wüthrich
    Camera traineeManuel Wüthrich
    Casting assistantAhmed Mishakhti
    Casting assistantSozdar Barazi
    Casting assistantSherzad Abdulla
    Casting assistantHasan Khalil
    Costume designerGülşan Özer
    Costume designerLinda Harper
    Costume design traineeNiwar Sobhi
    DirectorMano Khalil
    1st AD (local system)Martin Beyerle
    Script continuityElpiana Lyra
    EditorThomas Bachmann [1]
    Assistant editorRebecca Siegfried ReischerAVID
    Key gripSophie Poncin
    GafferElías Fernández Salomón
    Best boyFrancisco Herrera
    Lighting assistantMuhamed Kamal
    Lighting assistantDiyary Shawkat
    Makeup artist / hair stylistJulia Nietlispach
    Assistant makeup artistMonqith M.bjad
    ComposerMario Batkovic
    MusicianAndreas Kunz [2]
    MusicianIvan Nestic
    ProducerMano Khalil
    Production designerSara B. Weingart
    Art department assistantSherzad Said Abdullah
    Standby propsNatalina Zainal
    Standby propsTaha Khalil
    Property assistantNashwan Muhammed
    Set builderFarhan Ismaiyl
    Production managerFränze Aerni
    Production coordinatorSherzad Abdulla
    Assistant production managerMichèle Nussbaum
    2nd assistant production managerNizar Dawali
    Set manager/ floor managerOsame Anwer
    Set runnerXelat Ormani
    Production driverBayar Said
    Production driverShamal Ahmad
    Production driverSalar Mudir
    Production driverShikak Ali
    ScreenwriterMano Khalil
    Script consultantSandra Ehlermann
    Script translatorHeidi Uetz
    Subtitle translationNathalie Baertschi
    Production sound mixerMourad Keller
    Boom operatorOliver Rogers
    Music re-recording mixerNicola Jannuzzo
    Music re-recording mixerBeryll Frances Ryder
    Foley artistJoerg Klinkenberg
    Commissioning editorTamara Mattle

    Production companies

    CompanyComment
    Frame Film

    Distributing companies

    CompanyComment
    Frenetic Films [ch]

    Facilities

    DepartmentCompanyComment
    Sound (Postproduction)Rotor Film

    Awards

    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Mano Khalil2021Solothurner Filmtage [ch]Prix de SoleureNominated

    Festivals

    YearCountryFestivalComment
    2021SwitzerlandSolothurn Film FestivalNominated Prix Du Soleure
    2021SwitzerlandLocarno Film FestivalPanorama Suisse
    2021ChinaShanghai International Film FestivalMain (International) Competition