Cleft Lip

Cleft Lip Winner Foreign Feature Fiction-Lebanese Independent FilmFestival-LIFF-2018 

Fiction, 84 minutes.

“The narrative is smartly updated and the script snaps along with caustic tightness”. (Tim Coleman, Total Film)

What happens when fertility becomes a commodity in a fractured society? Oedipus reborn. Sophocles’ classic of classics adapted for the 21st Century by Erik Knudsen into a contemporary tragedy about the unravelling of the most fundamental of relationships in society; that between a father, a mother and a child. Cleft Lip is set in the context of a world where donor eggs and sperm are freely traded as increasing numbers of people are having to resort to fertility treatment as a consequence of social changes, individual decisions and biological imperatives.

Unbeknown to 25 year old Campbell, his older wife, Jaz, donated a fertilised egg to a donor when she was younger and tragedy unfolds as they both come to discover, over a critical three day period, the frightening truth that fate and circumstance have brought them together again.

“This curio offers up resonant moments, not least because the scenario it posits feels distinctly plausible”. (Hannah McGill, Sight & Sound)

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