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Fall Grant 2014 - Production Stage

Walid Mattar / Feature Narrative / Tunisia, France, Qatar / 2016 / 100 min / Original Language: Arabic, French / Interests: Drama, Social Issues, Immigration, Identity


Marcel, a worker in a French shoe factory, lives a simple life between family, fishing and the local betting bar. When the factory unexpectedly relocates to Tunisia. Marcel finds himself unemployed and in search of a new future. Meanwhile, in Tunis, Foued starts working at the shoe factory to help out his ailing mother and woo the girl he fancies. The two men’s paths cross when it is least expected.


Walid Mattar
Walid Mattar
Saïd Hamish
Production Company
Barney Production
Production Company
Barney Production

About the Director

Walid Mattar was born in Tunisia. He directed his first film, 'Le Cuirassée Abdelkarim', in 2003. In 2006, he co-directed (with Leyla Bouzid) the short film 'Sbeh El Khir' as part of '10 Courts, 10 Regards', a project created by young Tunisian directors that was presented at the Festival de Cannes. In 2010, he directed 'Condemnations…', which was presented at more than 30 international film festivals and won prizes in Tangiers and Montpellier. 'Zanta Clauz', his latest short film, was selected for more than 30 festivals and has won six prizes, including the Best Director Prize of the Tunisian Film Directors Festival.


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