The Tower

in coproduction with Tenk.TV, Norway and Les Contes Modern, France


Screenplay: Mats Grorud
Director: Mats Grorud
Illustrator: Rui Tenreiro
Producer: Frode Søbstad
Co-producers:  Cinenic AB, Sweden.
Les Contes Modern, France

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The Tower Production
Link to Tenk.TV (Webpage)
The Tower Presentation PDF (16MB)

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In coproduction with Tenk.TV, Norway

The Tower


The Tower is an animation feature film, a deeply emotional fiction based on true stories of Palestinian refugees in a Lebanese Camp.The film tells the story of Wardi (11) and her family. It’s a story about the unbreakable bond between Wardi and her great-grandfather, and the sacrifice that he makes for her to have chance for a decent life. The love that family members share for each other and the way they keep hope alive is stronger than the difficulty of life in a refugee camp.

The film is based on interviews with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
Premiere: Spring 2018


Classic puppet animation for the camp scenes. 2D animation for the historical scenes.
We use footage from the camp and area as backgrounds, and the set is based of research done in the camps.
For the historical scenes we use 2D analog multiplane technique. It is a style that Mats has developed and used in his previous films.


Wardi is 9 years old. A curious girl that asks all the wrong questions. Cares for her great-granddad.

Old granddad Sidi is 85  years old. 1st generation refugee. One of the last in the camp still alive that was actually born in Palestine.

Raed is 32 years old. He was born during the 80s. “It`s easier with pigeons than humans” he says. He has given up all hope for the future.