7.3/10 (IMDB)


1h 44m Drama


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.


Ben Sharrock


Kwabena Ansah, Vikash Bhai, Grace Chilton, Kenneth Collard


Not Rated






English, Arabic

Main Trailer


  • "What a thoroughly wonderful sophomore feature from the British director Ben Sharrock – witty, poignant, marvellously composed and shot, moving and even weirdly gripping."
    - The Guardian
  • "What begins as a modest and perhaps slight take on the refugee crisis tinged by an acquired yet welcome taste of British comedy, however, slowly reveals its underlying drama via the stark inevitability of its existence. You can only deflect from your plight so long before the stress and anxiety bubbles back to the surface."
    - The Film Stage
  • "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."
    - Screen Daily


  • British Independent Film Awards
  • San Sebastian Int' Film Festival
  • Cairo Int'l Film Festival
  • Int'l Film Festival & Awards Macao


  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • Zurich Film Festival
  • Göteborg Film Festival
  • Glasgow Film Festival
  • Dublin Film Festival