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Scottish writer-director Ben Sharrock announces himself as a filmmaker to watch with this distinctive, deadpan drama about the strangeness of seeking asylum. With a gentle, observationist eye and a talent for balancing farce with melancholy, he captures both the austerity of the Scottish landscape and the loneliness of his characters with remarkable levity.





Arriving on a fictional island in Scotland, a group of refugees await the results of their asylum claims, while learning about the idiosyncrasies of British life and language. Chief among them is Omar, a Syrian oud-player trying to follow his dreams.