Born and raised in Tunisia in 1984, Director Leyla Bouzid studied French literature at the Sorbonne, Paris, where she joined La Fémis’ Directing department. After working on several award winning short films, Leyla directed her debut feature, AS I OPEN MY EYES (a.k.a. A PEINE J'OUVRE LES YEUX) in 2015. The film was screened at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, before winning more than forty international awards and achieving success during its simultaneous theatrical release in France and Tunisia. A TALE OF LOVE AND DESIRE is her second feature film.