A TALE OF LOVE AND DESIRE

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FR 2021, 103 Min, Fiction, OV English subtitles
Director: Leyla Bouzid
Starring: Sami Outalbali, Zbeida Belhajamor, Diong-Kéba Tacu, Aurélia Petit

Director & Script: Leyla Bouzid
DOP: Sébastien Goepfert
Editor: Lilian Corbeille
Sound/Sounddesign: Nassim El Mounabbih, Antoine Baudouin, Niels Barletta
Music: Lucas Gaudin
Produces: Sandra da Fonseca
Production: Blue Monday Productions, arte France Cinéma

“Pure love prefers to turn away,” mumbles Ahmed during a class presentation, quoting a long-dead poet to whom he clearly relates. The 18-year-old son of Algerian refugees ,studying literature at the famed Sorbonne in Paris, finds himself stupefied and flushed the minute he lays eyes on Farah - a open minded, nosy and dangerously cool Tunisian girl with whom he shares some classes. Literature surprisingly bridges the long gap between them, as they seek out titles for their Arabic class. When they find an erotic Arabic book, their ideas about sex, desire, love, culture and belonging are simultaneously colliding as well as intertwining - not only contrasting with each other, but with an audience’s stereotypical views of the characters. Sensual as well as shy images, present Leyla Bouzid’s exploration of these two complex characters and open up the interstections of love, sex and Arabic art.

Leyla Bouzid is a Tunisian film director and screenwriter. Her feature film debut À PEINE J'OUVRE LES YEUX was nominated for the Tanit d'or of the Carthage Film Festival in 2015 and honored with four awards, including the Tanit de bronze, as well as Best Newcomer Film at the French Film Festival Tübingen-Stuttgart in 2015 and the Muhr Award also in 2015 at the Dubai International Film Festival. For the film VENT DU NORD, she was honored with the Best Screenplay Award at the 28th edition of the Carthage Film Festival in 2017.