The Cave took home the Audience Award at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Feras Fayyad directed this documentary about a group of civilians who took refuge from the Syrian Civil War in a functioning subterranean hospital. Bombarded by enemy fire on a daily basis, the men and women below contend with one another while saving lives in this story of bravery and perseverance in a war-ravaged country. Dr. Amani Ballor, the hospital’s manager, emerges as the true center of the documentary as she is challenged by her male colleagues over her right to lead.
Laemmle’s Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd. West L.A. Fri., Oct. 18-Sun. Oct. 20 Various showtimes. laemmle.com/theater/royal