In Vitro is set in the aftermath of an eco-disaster. An abandoned nuclear reactor under the biblical town of Bethlehem has been converted into an enormous orchard. Using heirloom seeds collected in the final days before the apocalypse, a group of scientists are preparing to replant the soil above.
In the hospital wing of the underground compound, the orchard’s ailing founder, 70-year-old Dunia is lying in her deathbed, as 30-year-old Alia comes to visit her. Alia is born underground as part of a comprehensive cloning program and has never seen the town she’s destined to rebuild.
short Sci-fi, Larissa Sansour & Soren Lind, Palestine/Denmark/UK 2019, 28 min, digital, picture ratio 1:2.66, Arabic with English subtitles
Director Larissa Sansour | Director, Writer Soren Lind | Producer Ali Roche | Cinematographer Anna Valdez Hanks | Editor Sue Giovanni | Co-Producer May Odeh | VFX Supervisor Henrik Bach Christensen | Original Music/Composer Niklas Schak | Supervising Sound Editor Tom Sedgwick | Sound Design Ben Hurd | Costume Designer Anne Sofie Madsen | Costume Design Isabelle Cook | Art Director Simon Godfrey | Script Supervisor Maxim Sansour
cast: Hiam Abbass DUNIA | Maisa Abd Elhadi ALIA | Marah Abu Srour YOUNG GIRL | Leila Sansour NUN
In Vitro was commissioned by the Danish Arts Foundation for the Danish Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2019 and produced by Spike Island.