release date November 06 2016
Vent du Nord by Tunisian Director Walid Mattar Wins MAD Award at Takmil workshop
Tunisian Director Walid Mattar's film Vent du Nord has won the award offered by MAD Solutions at the Takmil workshop held within the 27th round of the Carthage Film Festival. The award grants the film marketing and distribution services in the Arab world.

Vent du Nord is Mattar's debut feature film. Co-written by Mattar, Leyla Bouzid) As I Open My Eyes), and Claude Le Pape (Love at First Fight), the film is produced by Saïd Hamich (Barney Production). The cast includes Philippe Rebbot (Welcome to Argentina), Tunisian rapper and actor Mohamed Amine Hamzaoui, French actress Corinne Masiero (Louise Wimmer), Swiss actor Kacey Mottet Klein (Sister) and Tunisan actress Abir Bennai.

The story kicks off in northern France, as the factory where Hervé works gets relocated. He is the only worker to resign himself to his fate, as he has other plans in mind: to become a fisherman and pass on this passion to his son. Meanwhile, the factory has been relocated to the suburbs of Tunis, and in it unemployed Foued sees the chance to take care of his mother and, above all, woo a girl he likes. The paths of Hervé and Foued start to mirror each other and intertwine.

The award that includes marketing and distribution services for the winning project was previously offered by MAD Solutions this year at the Market and Forum of the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden for the second consecutive year. The same award was also offered at the Final Cut Workshop at The Venice International Film Festival for two consecutive rounds, and again last year at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland as part of the Open Doors initiative.

The three-day Takmil workshop; (1-3 November), is an extension and evolution of the Project Workshop, which was created in 1992 and during ten consecutive sessions, the workshop has supported many Arab talents for writing their scripts. Initiated at the 25th round of the Carthage Film Festival in 2014, Takmil Workshop aims to enable African and Arab filmmakers to present their films in the post-production stage to an expert international jury that will allocate post-production grants to the seven most promising films.