Director: Ala Eddine Slim
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Tlamess had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film was selected to compete in the New Competition section “Meet the Neighbors” at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
The film is Alaa Eddine Slim's second feature after his award-winning film The Last of Us.
Received production grants from the Spring Grand and Doha Film Institute.
The film provokes existential questions and reflects on some social and political aspects. It aims to establish a unique relationship between man and nature.
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2019/ Tunisia - France120 min/ Drama
Original Title
Following the death of his mother, “S”, a young Tunisian soldier, is granted a one-week leave to pay a visit to his homeland. Instead of returning to the army, he absconds and soon becomes the target of a manhunt. Seriously injured after a few altercations with the police, "S" resorts to the forest, where he meets "F", a young impregnated woman who mysteriously abandons her luxurious lifestyle and seeks solitude in the forest. The paths of the two intersect and they establish a one-of-a-kind bond.
Abdullah Miniawy
Souhir Ben Amara
Khaled Ben Aissa
Screenwriter: Ala Eddine Slim
DOP: Amine Messadi
Editor: Ala Eddine Slim
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Production Company(ies)
Exit Productions
Inside Productions
Madbox Studios
Still Moving
Ala Eddine Slim
Juliette Lepoutre
Pierre Menahem
film festivals
Cannes Film Festival, France
BFI London Film Festival, UK
La Rochelle International Film Festival, France
Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
Mostra Internacional de Cinema, Brazil
Arab Film Festival and Media Institute (AFMI), USA
T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland
Marrakech International Film Festival, Morocco
Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
Gabes Cinema Fen, Tunisia
Carthage Film Festival. Tunisia
Cairo Cinema Days, Egypt
film awards
Best Director Award at the Marrakech International Film Festival, Morocco
Jury Award at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece
Best Feature Fiction Film Award at the Gabes Cinema Fen, Tunisia
Main award at the KINO DER KUNST Film Festival, Germany
"[Tlamess] has special qualities that don't apply on any other Arab or international films. Its world is totally weaved in the director's imagination to knit the best world to narrate his story. A world that is best described as complex and unconventional." Mohammed Rouda - Asharq al-Awsat (Arabic)

“The opening scenes are beautifully composed, playing with light and darkness, shadow and silhouette…” Jay Weissberg – Variety

“This leaves the film at exactly the place where The Last of Us became a metaphorical rejection of the cruel contemporary world.” Deborah Young - The Hollywood Reporter

“Sterling work from the production design department creates a space that looks both bone-chillingly damp and somehow inviting; a moist, mossy safe space.” Wendy Ide - Screen Daily

“…the sound design and cinematography remain of a high standard as Slim creates an atmospheric picture about trying to find meaning in life.” Kaleem Aftab - Cineuropa