The opening ceremony for the JCC is just hours away.
Screenings start tomorrow and continue up to November 5. This year’s selection is rich and varied, with movies coming from South Korea, Germany, The United States, Palestine and of course Tunisia.
This year also sees more than one Tunisian movie, which has already won awards at foreign film festivals. Here is a selection of some of the most exciting offerings at this year’s festival.
The Last of Us
-Director: Ala Eddine Slim
Synopsis:‘N’ is coming from the desert to reach the north of Africa and make the illegal crossing into Europe. After a robbery, he finds himself in Tunisia.
Finally, he decides to cross the sea into a European country. He will steal a boat and begin his journey, except
that the ship sinks.
From that moment, ‘N’ will live a special and unique voyage as he discovers different and infinite spaces, experiences intense and fleeting encounters, and sees different, altered image of himself.
Reason to watch: It won two awards at the Mostra festival of Venise: Mario Serandrei – Best Technical Contribution and Lion of the Future – Luigi de Laurentis Venice Award for a debut film.
Le Rio 02/11 8 pm
Le Palace 03/11 4:30 pm
Manouba University 03/11 1 pm
-Director: Mohamed Ben Attia
-Synopsis: Hedi a young man with great dream is struggling to find his way through social conventions in Tunisia. While his mother tries to decide his life for him, Hedi meets Rym and suddenly he discovers that his world goes above and beyond conventions.
-Reason to watch: It won two awards at the Berlin International Film Festival: Best First Feature Award and Silver Bear for BestActor Majd Mastoura, and the Golden Athena for Best Picture at the Athens International Film Festival.
Le Rio 01/11 8 pm
Ibn Rachiq 02/11 2 pm
CinéMad’Art 02/11 7 pm
Thala Mon Amour
-Director: Mehdi Hmili
-Synopsis: During the revolution, Mohamed, a political dissident and prisoner, flees from his prison to see his fiancée in his hometown of Thala where the protests are raging.
-Reason to watch: First Tunisian film that features a producer and a director both under 30.
Le Colisée 01/11 6 pm
ABC 03/11 8:30 pm
Amilcar 05/11 2 pm
-Director: Mai Masri
-Synopsis: A young Palestinian schoolteacher gives birth to her son in an Israeli prison where she fights to protect
him, survive and maintain hope.
-Reason to watch: Based on a true story, gives a closer look at how harsh prison life could be for a Palestinian in an Israeli
Le Colisée 02/11 9 pm
Ibn Rachiq 03/11 4:30 pm
Amilcar 04/11 4:30 pm
*Barakah Meets Barakah
-Director: Mahmoud Sabbagh
-Country: Saudi Arabia
-Synopsis: A middle class man meets a girl from a wealthy family, and they start a romance in a country that frowns upon it.
-Reason to watch: It was totally filmed in Saudi Arabia despite the subjects it deals with. It won the Prize of Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Le Rio 31/10 5 pm
Ibn Rachiq 01/11 4:30 pm
Manouba University 04/11 1 pm
Civil Prison of Mahdia 02/11 10 am
-Director: Cristian Mungiu
-Synopsis: A film about compromises and the implications of what it means to be a parent.
-Reason to watch: It won the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Critics Award at the Hamburg Film Festival.
Amilcar 03/11 6:30 pm
Le Palace 04/11 8:30 pm
-Director: Maren Ade
-Synopsis: A father tries to reconnect with his adult daughter.
-Reason to watch: It won several awards at the Brussels Film Festival, and the FIPRESCI Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Ibn Rachiq 31/10 8:30 pm
Cinévog 02/11 8 pm
CinéMad’Art 03/11 5 pm
The Neon Demon
-Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
-Synopsis: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
-Reason to watch: Won the Cannes Soundtrack Award for Best Composer. Third film from the director to compete for the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Amilcar 30/10 6:30 pm
Cinévog 31/10 6 pm
Ibn Rachiq 01/11 8:30 pm
The Strangers (aka The Wailing)
-Director: Hong-jin Na
-Country: South Korea
-Synopsis: A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.
-Reason: A good horror movie is something rare to be found in the JCC.
ABC 30/10 6:30 pm
Le Palace 31/10 8:30 pm
Cinévog 04/11 8 pm
I, Daniel Blake
-Director: Ken Loach
-Synopsis: A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.
-Reason: Won several awards, including the Palme D’Or of the Cannes Film Festival.
L’Agora 30/10 8:30 pm
Le Rio 04/11 8 pm
Prior to working as a journalist, Inel worked as a computer programmer. Inel is fluent in English, French, and Arabic. He writes mainly about freedoms, liberties, and minorities' rights in post revolution Tunisia. He currently blogs about films in French and writes metal reviews.