Its First Screening in its Home Country of Tunisia
The Short Film Astra Wins Bronze Tanit Award at Carthage Film Festival
Tunisian short film Astra by director Nidhal Guiga has won the Bronze Tanit Award at the Carthage Film Festival, which concluded its events on Saturday. The film competed in the Official Competition - Short Films, landing its Tunisian premiere.
Astra follows Dali, who takes care of his daughter Douja who has Down Syndrome. One day and against his wife's advice, Dali takes Douha to an amusement park called Astra. In this park, a bizarre dry world is revealed to them.
Astra made its world premiere at the 14th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), where it competed in the Muhr Short competition. Written and directed by Nidhal Guiga, Astra stars Nejib Belkadhi, Douja Boukhriss, Nour Mkaouer, Yasmine Ben Mahmoud and Nidhal Guiga. The film is produced by Dora Bouchoucha (Nomadis Images), Imed Marzouk (Propaganda Productions) and Omar Ben Ali (SVP) with the support of the Centre national du CinÃ©ma et de l'image AnimÃ©e (CNC) and the Ministry of Culture -Tunisia. MAD Solutions is handling the film's distribution in the Arab world.
Nidhal Guiga is an actress, author, director and university professor. She worked in theatre for 20 years and directed several plays. She wrote and directed her own works, such as An Hour and a Half after Me, and Gagarine's Point of View (Pronto Gagarine). She served as a jury member at the Carthage Film Festival.