Dear Son

Director: Mohamed Ben Attia
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The film received grants from the Doha Film Institute, Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image (CNCI), Ministry of Cultural Affairs – Tunisia, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Casa Kafka Pictures Movie Tax Shelter Empowered by Belfius, Fonds Image de la Francophonie (OIF), and the World Cinema Fund.
The film is the second feature film by Mohammed Ben Attia, winner of the Best Feature Award for his film Hedi at the Berlinale, and marks his second collaboration with Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha.
The film has been selected to world premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival.
Dear Son  Poster
2018/ Tunisia - France - Belgium - Qatar104 min/ Drama
Original Title
The married couple, Riadh and Nazly, lives every parent’s worst nightmare when they wake up one day to find their teenage son Sami missing. With a million questions in mind, they start their search for the apple of their eyes!
Mohamed Dhrif
Zakaria Ben Ayed
Mouna Mejri
Screenwriter: Mohamed Ben Attia
DOP: Frédéric Noirhomme
Editor: Nadia Ben Rachid
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Production Company(ies)
Les Films du Fleuve
Tanit Films
Nomadis Images
Arte France Cinéma
BeTV Production
Dora Bouchoucha
Luc Dardenne
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Nadim Cheikhrouha
film festivals
Cannes Film Festival, France
El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt
Festival du Film Méditerranée de Bastia, France
BFI London Film Festival, UK
Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck, France
Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Tunisia
Sudan Independent Film Festival (SIFF), Sudan
Franco Arab Film Festival, Jordan
Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon
Cairo Cinema Days, Egypt
Arab Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
Casablanca Arab Film Festival, Morocco
film awards
El Gouna Star for Best Actor at the El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt
Grand Prix at the Festival du Film Méditerranée de Bastia, France
"Dear Son… moves beyond tragedy and becomes a quietly absorbing tribute to the power of human resilience." Stephen Dalton - The Hollywood Reporter

“Tunisian director Mohamed Ben Attia confirms the promise of earlier films with this deeply moving and tragically topical father-son story.” Jessica Kiang - Variety