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The Return

Fall Grant 2015 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION

Meyar Al-Roumi / Feature Narrative / Syria, France, Qatar / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Road Trip


A man and a woman cross Syria at war. Forty-year-old Taysir, a Syrian, an exile in France, but despite the risks has returned to his homeland to return the body of his elder brother Kamal, who died during the fighting ravaging the country, to the village of his ancestors in the north of the country. Juliette, Taysir’s French passenger, wants to return to France. These two do not know each other, but must nevertheless travel together. During the journey, they learn that Kamal had joined the jihadi camp, a betrayal that leads Taysir to question his mission. There is no turning back, however. In spite of the threats they face, Taysir and Juliette come to know each other during the trip. At their journey’s end, they bury Kamal’s remains on Mesopotamian land. A new lease on life.


Meyar Al-Roumi
Meyar Al-Roumi
Xavier Rocher

About the Director

Born in Damascus in 1973, Meyar Al-Roumi worked as a photographer before studying cinema in Paris at the Université Paris VIII and La Fémis, from which he graduated in 2001. He worked as a director of photography on several documentary and fiction films in France and in Syria including Omar Amiralay’s ‘Flood in Baath Country’ (2003) and Mohammad Al-Roumi’s ‘Blue-Grey’ (2004), and directed several documentaries, including ‘A Silent Cinema’ (2001) and ‘Waiting for the Day’ (2003). Al-Roumi has also directed short fiction films, including ‘The Voyage of Rabeya’ (2005) and ‘Journey’ (2011). He completed his first feature-length fiction film, ‘Round Trip’, in 2012.

Production Company Profile

La Fabrica Nocturna Productions was founded by producers Marina Perales Marhuenda and Xavier Rocher in 2010. The company produces both short and feature-length films which aim to open up frontiers to creation from all around the world. They have recently produced more than twenty short films and documentaries, including 'Wolf and Sheep' by Afghan director Shahrbanoo Sadat (Art Cinema Award at Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2016), and 'The Lost City' by Chilean director Francisco Hervé (Visions du réel Nyon 2016). La Fabrica Nocturna Productions have also developed several feature films including 'The Heiresses' by Paraguayan director Marcelo Martinessi, 'The Return' by Syrian director Meyar Al-Roumi, and Shahrbanoo Sadat's latest film 'The Orphanage'.


  • Director

    Meyar Al-Roumi


  • Main Contact

    Xavier Rocher

    La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma

  • Production Company

    La Fabrica Nocturna Productions

    La Fabrica Nocturna Productions

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