Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

Declaration of War (La guerre est déclarée)

Contemporary World Cinema

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Valérie Donzelli / Feature Narrative / France / 2011 / 100 min / Colour / 35 mm
In French / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Romance, Social Issues, Family, Based on a True Story
MENA Premiere


Based on the filmmaker’s personal experience, “Declaration of War” is an intimate portrait of the struggle endured by a young couple when they find out their son has a brain tumour. Thrust from their carefree, youthful love into a harsh and unexpected chaos, the traumatic experience reveals their strength, courage and heroism.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

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Discovered in Sandrine Veysset’s “Martha” where she played the title role, Valérie Donzelli is an accomplished film and television actress. She turned to directing in 2008 and after two short films and one feature “The Queen of Hearts”, embarked on the intensely personal “Declaration of War” which premiered in Cannes as the Critics’ Week opening night film and has been selected as France’s entry in the 84th Academy Awards ®.


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