release date May 16 2022
Under The Fig Trees Lands World Premiere at Cannes Film Festival
Tunisian feature film Under The Fig Trees, directed by Erige Sehiri, shall land its world premiere at the 75th Cannes Film Festival (May 17th - May 28th). The film is expected to screen as part of the Directors' Fortnight section, which brings together 23 films from around the world, 3 of which are Arab films.
Under The Fig Trees marks the feature debut of director Erige Sehiri, whose works also include the award-winning film Railway Men. The film project previously won the MAD Solutions and El Gouna Film Festival awards at the Final Cut in Venice workshop, as well as post-production prize at the Marrakech International Film Festival’s Atlas Workshops.
In the shade of trees, a strong bond flourishes between the young summer harvest workers. Between flirting, feelings of attraction and denial, a deep connection develops between the young men and women as they try to understand one another.
Under The Fig Trees is a co-production between Tunisia (Henia Production), Switzerland (Akka Films), and France (Maneki Films). Luxbox handles the film’s distribution globally, while MAD Solutions handles the film’s distribution and marketing in the Arab region.
Erige Sehiri is a Tunisian-French film director, producer and journalist who was born in France in 1982, and travelled to Canada at the age of 19 to study Business Administration, soon afterwards she dipped her toes into filmmaking. She committed herself to document and film the Tunisian life. In 2012, she directed the feature-length documentary Family Album and in 2013, she directed her short documentary My Father’s Facebook. Since then, she dedicated herself to filming the Tunisian railways and made her first feature film, Railway Men. Moreover, she co-directed the feature-length documentary Unspeakable Crime.