Official Selection

UN DIVAN À TUNIS

by Manele Labidi
France, 2019, 88', color, DCP
Screenplay: Manele Labidi
Monday 02 September 2019
22:00 Sala Perla 2 Press, Industry
Wednesday 04 September 2019
17:00 Sala Perla Tickets, All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
Thursday 05 September 2019
16:30 Cinema Rossini Tickets
Thursday 05 September 2019
16:30 IMG Cinemas Candiani - Mestre Tickets

ARAB BLUES

cinematography
Lauren Brunet
editing
Yorgos Lamprinos
music
Flemming Nordkrog
sound
Olivier Dandré
Jerôme Gonthier
Rym Debbrarh-Mounir
Samuel Aïchoun
production design
Mila Preli
Raouf Helioui
costumes
Hyat Luszpinski

cast
Golshifteh Farahani [Selma]
Majd Mastoura [Naïm] 
Aïcha Ben Miled [Olfa]
Feriel Chamari [Baya]
Hichem Yacoubi [Raouf]
Najoua Zouhair [Nour]
Jamel Sassi [Fares]
Ramla Ayari [Amel]

producer
Jean-Christophe Reymond
production
Kazak Productions
co-production
Arte France Cinéma
in collaboration with
Diaphana
MK2 Films
in association with
Cinéventure 4
Cofimage 30
Cofinova 15

world sales
mk2 films

Selma, a psychoanalyst, deals with a cast of colorful new patients after returning home to Tunisia to open a practice.

 

Filmography

2019 Un divan à Tunis (Arab Blues)
2018 Une chambre à moi
(A Room of My Own, short)

Manele Labidi is a French-Tunisian writer/ director. She studied politics and economics and worked in finance for a few years before deciding to become a filmmaker. She has been involved in different writing and directing projects for the theater, radio and for TV series. Her first short film, A Room of my Own, is a tragicomic variation on Virginia Woolf's essay. In 2016, she took part in a screenwriting program at la FEMIS in Paris. Arab Blues is her first feature film.

"I wanted to film post-revolutionary Tunisia, and in particular the middle class, the population most torn between modernity and tradition. Choosing psychoanalysis (which remains marginal in Tunisia) as my narrative vehicle and dealing with it through comedy enabled me to create complex characters and put the accent on their sweet folly and vitality but also their sufferings in a context where the revolution amplified this energy, thrusting individuals into uncertain territory amid the economic crises and the rise of Islamism." [Manele Labidi]

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