7:00 PM–9:00 PM At the Columbia Maison Francaise, Buell Hall, 515 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027
Leyla Bouzid, 2021, 102 min
This event is free and open to the public.
The film will be shown in French with English subtitles.
Ahmed, 18, French of Algerian origin, grew up in the suburbs of Paris. At the university, he meets Farah, a young Tunisian girl, full of energy, who has just arrived in Paris. While discovering a collection of sensual and erotic Arab literature he never imagined existed, Ahmed falls head over heels in love with Farah, and although literally overwhelmed with desire, he will try to resist it.
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Leyla Bouzid grew up in Tunis where she was born in 1984. In 2003, she went to Paris to study French literature at the Sorbonne before graduating from la Fémis in Directing. In 2015, she directed Soubresauts (Mkhobbi Fi Kobba), her graduation film, in Tunisia a few months before the revolution. Then she chose to shoot the medium-length film Zakaria in the South of France with non-professional actors. As I open my eyes, her first feature film was selected in many international festivals where it won more than 40 awards, before becoming a real success after its release in France and Tunisia. Her second feature film, A tale of love and desire, was released in France 1st September 2021.
This event is co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Française with additional support by the Albertine Cinematheque, a program of FACE Foundation and Villa Albertine, with support from the CNC / Centre National du Cinema, and SACEM / Fonds Culturel Franco-Americain.
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