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Ala Eddine Slim / Feature Narrative / Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Qatar / 2016 / 92 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Social Issues, Immigration

Synopsis

N crosses the desert to North Africa, intending to obtain illegal passage to Europe. After he is robbed, he finds himself alone in Tunisia. Eventually, he decides to make the sea crossing on his own; he steals a boat and sets off, but the boat shuts down in open water. From that moment on, N experiences his crossing in a unique way. He is confronted by the forces of Nature, and by his own humanity.

Credits

Director
Ala Eddine Slim
Screenwriter
Ala Eddine Slim
Producer
Mohammed Ismail Louati

About the Director

Ala Eddine Slim is a Tunisian filmmaker. He graduated from Tunisia’s Higher Institute of Multimedia Arts of Manouba. His end-of-studies project, entitled ‘The Night of the Dreamers’ won an award at the National Amateur Film Festival of Kélibia in 2004. In 2005, Slim co-founded Exit Productions, which produced his first professional short film, ‘The Fall’ (2007). The film was selected for several international festivals and was broadcast on two European television channels. In 2008, as part of a summer internship at La Fémis, he directed the short documentary ‘One Night Among the Others’. 'Tlamess' is his most recent film, and a Franco-Tunisian co-production.

Production Company Profile

Created in 2005, Exit Productions has produced almost 20 films. The company is well known for producing the work of the young, independent generation of Tunisian filmmakers, and for its innovative approach to filmmaking methods. Exit’s films have been screened in more than 100 festivals worldwide, among them the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and FIDMarseille; have won 11 awards, including the best prize in the history of Tunisian documentary filmmaking for ‘Babylon’ (2012) from FIDMarseille; and have been programmed by contemporary art centres including the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Pompidou. In addition to its films, Exit has produced corporate films, advertising spots, and media coverage productions. The company has also worked with many Tunisian and international NGOs.

Awards and Festival History


Festivals

Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival 2016
La Cinematheque de Toulouse, Settimana Internazionale della Critica
Cairo International Film Festival 2016, Critics Week
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2017, Bright Future

Tubingen Arab Film Festival 2016

Awards

Luigi De Laurentiis Award for First Feature and Prize for the Best Technical Contribution, Venice Film Festival 2016, Critics' Week (WP)
Tanit d'Or for First Film and Best Cinematography (Amine Messadi), Carthage Film Festival 2016

Contacts

  • Director

    Ala Eddine Slim

    Company: 
    Exit Productions
    Phone: 
    +216 713 48038 / +216 229 05811
    Email: 
    slim_alaeddine@exitprod.com

  • Main Contact

    Mohamed Ismail Louati

    Company: 
    Utopia Films
    Email: 
    ismael.cinema@gmail.com

  • Production Company

    Exit Productions

    Company: 
    Exit Productions
    Email: 
    contact@exitprod.com

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