Director: Mehdi Hmili
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The film is directed by Mehdi Hmili who is a Torino Film Lab Alumni.
The film received the Doha Film Institute grant, and the screenplay Prize of the Institut Français and won the CineGouna SpringBoard post-production prize of El Gouna Film Festival.
The film screened at international festivals, including Zurich Film Festival, and Locarno Film Festival
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2021/ Tunisia - Luxembourg - France120 min/ Drama
Amel works in a factory in Tunis. She lives with her alcoholic husband Tahar, a former local football player, and their only son Moumen, a talented teenage football goalkeeper. To convince the boss of the factory to provide her with connections for her son, Amel betrays her fellow workers, who have been organizing a strike. Amel meets the connection: Imed, a wealthy businessman, who takes advantage of the situation and abuses Amel. She surrenders to his advances in order to offer her son the opportunity of a lifetime. But the police catch them. Amel is imprisoned, accused of adultery and prostitution. Moumen is destroyed by the scandal. He becomes violent, stops his football career and starts drinking and taking drugs.
After her release, she searches for Moumen in the lower and violent streets of Tunis. In this long quest for the missing son, Amel has to face the falling Tunisian society.
Afef Ben Mahmoud
Sarah Hannachi
Iheb Bouyahia
Screenwriter: Mehdi Hmili
DOP: Ikbal Arafa
Editor: Ghalya Lacroix
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Production Company(ies)
Yol Film House
MPM Film
Clandestino Production
Allam Film
Moufida Fedhila
Mehdi Hmili
film festivals
Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt
Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland
Zurich Film Festival, Switzerland
Mostra de València-Cinema del Mediterrani, Spain
Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Belgium
Malmo Arab Film Festival, Sweden
film awards
Best Director at Malmo Arab Film Festival, Sweden
“There’s not a moment in this film that doesn’t feel totally authentic.” Thomas Duffy - Film Book

“Starting off slowly before growing into a masterful work, this Tunisian movie is one of the standout films from the Locarno Film Festival.” Redmond Bacon - Dirty Movies