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Weldi

Spring Grants 2017 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Mohamed Ben Attia / Feature Narrative / Tunisia, France, Belgium, Qatar / 2018 / 104 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Social Issues

Synopsis

A Tunisian couple are nearing retirement age, but times are hard, and money is tight. The life they share revolves around their only son Sami, who is preparing for his high school exams. The stress of school and questions of college are obviously getting to him, and the boy’s repeated migraine attacks are a cause of concern to his parents. Desperate, his father Riadh takes him to see a local psychiatrist, and this seems to bring Sami some mild relief. When things finally appear to be getting better, Sami suddenly disappears from the family apartment without warning, leaving only a note behind as a clue to where he might be gone.

Feeling a sense of guilt, Riadh goes on a tireless journey to locate his only child, but his fruitless search forces him to confront some harsh home truths of his own. A DFI granted film, ‘Weldi’ recently premiered at Cannes as part of their renowned Director’s Fortnight programme and features a striking performance by Mohammed Dhrif, who won the Best Actor Award at this year’s El Gouna Film Festival for the role.

Credits

Director
Mohamed Ben Attia
Screenwriter
Mohamed Ben Attia
Producer
Dora Bouchoucha, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Nadim Cheikhrouha

About the Director

Mohamed Ben Attia studied Audiovisual Communication at the University of Valenciennes in France after graduating from the Institut de Hautes Études Commerciales (IHEC) in Tunis in 1998. He has directed five short films. ‘Hedi’, his feature-film debut, had its world premiere at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Best First Film Award and the Silver Bear for Best Actor.

Production Company Profile

Nomadis Images is a Tunisian audiovisual production company. Its main activities include producing short and feature-length fiction films, documentaries and commercials, and providing services and training to filmmakers. The company’s filmography includes Sami Tlili’s ‘Cursed Be the Phosphate’ (2012); Hinde Boujemaa’s ‘It Was Better Tomorrow’ (2012); Raja Amari’s ‘Buried Secrets’ (2009), ‘Satin Rouge’ (2002) and ‘Foreign Body’ (2016); and Mohamed Ben Attia’s ‘Hedi’ (2016).

Awards and Festival History


Festivals

Cannes - Director's Forthnight 2018

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Lina Chaabane

    Company: 
    Nomadis Images
    Phone: 
    +216 7174 9080
    Email: 
    nomadis.images@gmail.com

  • Production Company

    Nomadis Images

    Company: 
    Nomadis Images
    Phone: 
    +216 7174 9080
    Email: 
    nomadis.images@gmail.com

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