Competing at the Festival’s Official Competition
A Tale Of Love And Desire Lands Arab World Premiere at Carthage Film Festival (JCC)
A Tale Of Love And Desire by director Laila Bouzaid will land its Arab world premiere at the 32nd Carthage Film Festival (JCC) in Tunisia, which will take place from October 30th to November 6th, 2021. Previously landing its world premiere at Cannes’s International Critics' Week, the film is slated to have three screenings.
The film’s screening times are; on Thursday, November 4th, at the Opera Theater at 6:00 PM Tunisia time (-1 GMT), on Friday, November 5th, at L'A.B.C at 3:00 PM, and on Saturday, November 6th, at Le Pathé at 6:00 PM.
The film has previously screened at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and Angoulême Film Festival, where it won two awards; Valois de diamant du meilleur film, and Prix d’interprétation masculine.
Ahmed, French teenager of Algerian origin, meets Farah, a young Tunisian girl, and falls head over heels in love with her. While discovering a collection of sensual and erotic Arab literature, Ahmed tries to resist his desire towards Farah.
Written and directed by Laila Bouzaid, A Tale Of Love And Desire stars Sami Outalbali, Zbeida Belhajamor, Samir Elhakim, Diong-Kéba Tacu, and Aurélia Petit, and is produced by Blue Monday Productions, and Pyramide International. MAD Solutions handles the film’s distribution across the Arab world, while Pyramide International handles the film’s international distribution.
Born and raised in Tunisia, director Leyla Bouzid went to Paris to study French literature at the Sorbonne, where she joined La Fémis’ Directing department. After working on several award-winning short films, Leyla directed her debut feature, As I Open my Eyes (a.k.a. a Peine J'ouvre les Yeux) in 2015. The film was presented at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, before winning more than forty international awards and achieving success during its simultaneous theatrical release in France and Tunisia. A Tale Of Love And Desire is her second feature film.