Behind the Mountains

Director: Mohamed Ben Attia
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World premiered at the Horizons Section of the Venice International Film Festival
From the director of the widely acclaimed film HEDI, which won Best First Film at the 2016 Berlinale
Received financial support from the Red Sea Fund
Starring Majd Mastoura, who won a Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 2016 Berlinale for his role in HEDI
Also starring MAD Rising Celebrity Samer Bisharat, who’s known for the Oscar-nominated picture OMAR
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2023/ Tunisia, Belgium, France, Italy, Ksa, Qatar97 min/ Drama
Original Title
Oura El Jbel
After spending four years in jail, Rafeek takes his only son behind the mountains to show him an incredible find.
Majd Mastoura, Walid Bouchhioua, Samer Bisharat, Selma Zeghidi, Helmi Dridi, Wissem Belgharek


Screenwriter: Mohamed Ben Attia
Dop: Frederic Noirhomme
Editor: Lenka Fillnerova

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Production Company(ies)

Dora Bouchoucha
Lina Chaabane
Jean Pierre Et Luc Dardenne
Delphine Tomson
Nadim Cheikhrouha
Giovanni Robbiano
Lorenzo Rapetti
Paolo Spina

film festivals
Venice International Film Festival, Italy (World premiere in Horizons section)
Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
Pingyao International Film Festival, China
Golden Rooster Awards, China
Marrakech International Film Festival, Morocco
Red Sea International Film Festival, Saudi Arabia (Arab World premiere)
Pune International Film Festival, India
“By turns edgy thriller and supernatural fantasy, this tale of a man who may or may not be able to fly is perhaps a little too open to multiple readings. But it is nevertheless a striking piece of filmmaking that lingers stubbornly in the mind.”
Lee Marshall — Screen Daily