Broken Keys

World Music Film's Landscape

  • United States, Lebanon, France, Cyprus
  • 2020
  • 111min
  • DCP
  • Color
  • Drama
  • 12


A once-promising pianist, Karim lost his parents from the war in Syria before it became occupied by ISIS. Shelter bound, he hopes to escape by selling his mother’s keepsake, her piano. He offers others in the shelter a glimpse of hope when he plays the piano but there’s a risk involved. The sound may expose their location. One day, an ISIS extremist destroys the piano along with Karim’s dream. With Karim’s music under fire, the film offers a possibility of music representing despair and hope, optimism and pessimism, conformity and resistance. (KIM Sohye)



Jimmy Keyrouz is a film writer/director. His latest film Broken Keys made the Cannes Film Festival 2020 Official Selection and was Lebanon’s official candidate for the 2021 Oscars. Jimmy wrote and directed Nocturne in Black, which won the Gold Medal at the 43rd Student Academy Awards, the BAFTA Student Film Awards, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Oscars in the Live-Action Shorts category. 

  • Producer Antoun SEHNAOUI
  • CastTarek YAACOUB
  • Screenwriter Antoun SEHNAOUI
  • CinematographerJoe SAADE
  • Editor Yves BELONIAK, Maria MALEK
  • Music Gabriel YARED


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