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Recently nominated for two BAFTA® awards for Best British Film and Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, LIMBO is a wry and poignant observation of the refugee experience, set on a fictional remote Scottish island where a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims. It centers on Omar, a young Syrian musician who is burdened by his grandfather’s oud, which he has carried all the way from his homeland.

Reflecting the complexity of the movement of people across borders has been a long-held passion for director and writer Ben Sharrock, who spent time working for an NGO in refugee camps in southern Algeria and living in Damascus in 2009 shortly before the outbreak of the Syrian civil war. There, he formed a network of friends whose personal stories inspired the film.


  • Kwabena Ansah
  • Vikash Bhai
  • Ola Orebiyi
  • Amir El-Masry
  • Sidse Babett Knudsen
  • Kais Nashif

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I loved this movie!!!!!

Phaedra J


Sep 15, 2020

The poignancy and low-key desperation of the situation in which the men find themselves is balanced by the film’s warmth and gentle humour. In a market crowded with migrant stories, this is something special.

Wendy Ide
Screen Daily
Sep 15, 2020

Limbo is an appealing little gem overall, with a feel-good message about the kindness of strangers that is glib and simplistic but hard to resist.

Metacritic review by Stephen Dalton
Stephen Dalton
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 15, 2020

What a thoroughly wonderful sophomore feature from the British director Ben Sharrock – witty, poignant, marvellously composed and shot, moving and even weirdly gripping.

Metacritic review by Peter Bradshaw
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian