6 films from Tunisia to be screened on May 25 and 26
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, May 15: A package of six contemporary award winning feature films from Tunisia will be screened at MSFDS auditorium on May 25 and 26 in a bid to promote good film movement in the State.
A press release issued by the president of Film Society of Manipur, conveyed that the two day Tunisian Film Festival is jointly organized by the Federation of Film Societies of India, Film Society of Manipur with the support of Tunisian Embassy in New Delhi and the Manipur State Film Development Society.
The films to be screened on the first day are Porto Farina (2019/ 88M) directed by Ibrahim Letaief.
The film premiered on Friday, January 18 this year and tells the story of a man, Aly, in need of a child, refractory to adoption, back in his native country to marry his first cousin.
Another film, Mostafa Z (2017/ 81M) directed by Nidhal Chatta will also be screened on the first day. The film traces 24 hours of the life of an ordinary Tunisian, Mustafa, caught up with the absurdity of the system. Mustafa has a tumultuous relationship with his teenage son and his wife who blames him for his lack of ambition and his effaced nature. The last film to be screened on the first day of the festival is Shattered Waves (2017/90M) by Habib Nestiri and it tells the story of Hassouna, an officer in the French army who in spite of himself, is faithful to the cause of the independence of his country. Disregarding the risks, he transmits information to the network of separatist activists.
On the other hand, it explained that the films to be screened on the last day of the festival are Whispering Sands (2018/95M) by Nacer Khmir which tells the story of an encounter in the desert between a lady brought by the tragic past of her family and a guide who discovers, at the end, the dark future of his family.
Visit or El Ziara (2014/106M) by Nawfel Saheb Ettabaa which is a dreamlike journey of Youssef, a 30 years old sick with the amnesia who is led by a girl in front of the "House of the light", which recalls something in him and he begins researching the missing piece of memory.
Sweet Smell of Spring (2016/103M) directed by Ferid Boughedir which tells the story of Aziz, nicknamed Zizou, a young unemployed graduate who leaves his village on the border of Sahara for Tunis, the capital in quest of a job and where he becomes installer of satellite dishes on house roofs. One day, while working on the terraces of the beautiful village of Sidi Bou Saïd, he falls madly in love with a girl, who looks locked up by a mafia group close to the regime.
It informed that all the films are subtitled in English and there will be interaction session on the films after the screening.
Entry passes will available at the MSFDS Complex from tomorrow onwards, it mentioned, and appealed to Film society members and film lovers to submit two stamp size photographs and collect the passes instantly in advance to avoid any rush.
It further explained that the Federation of Film societies of India is organizing the Tunisian Film festival at different cities of the country like Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Guwahati, Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pondicherry, Madurai, Thiruvanathapuram, Kochi, Thrissur and some other places to propagate the film culture of Tunisia country.