A cosy family holiday ends in disaster for Fares (Sami Bouajila) and his wife Meriem (Najla Ben Abdallah). As they accidentally drive past an exchange of fire between Islamic militants, their son Aziz (Youssef Khemiri, 11) in the back seat is hit by a stray bullet. In the accident & emergency ward, the wealthy Tunisian couple face a new problem: Aziz needs a donor organ, but it can't be from them.

Mehdi M. Barsaoui's film debut is a balanced, nerve-wracking family drama that delicately critiques patriarchal traditions in Tunisia. Set in 2011, just after the Jasmine Revolution, the country is already changing, but Fares and Meriem have lost all hope for the future. Bouajila and Abdallah deliver impressive performances as the desperate couple who have shrinking options for saving Aziz. Then Barsaoui takes us outside the pastel colours of the hospital, revealing how you can get organs in grim, illegal ways.

Screenings

  • Thu 23 Jan LantarenVenster 6
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  • Fri 24 Jan KINO 1
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  • Mon 27 Jan de Doelen Willem Burger Zaal
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  • Tue 28 Jan Pathé 4
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  • Thu 30 Jan Cinerama 5
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International title
A Son
Filmmaker
Mehdi M. Barsaoui
Country
Tunisia, France, Lebanon, Qatar
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
95’
Language
Arabic, French
Producer
Habib Attia, Marc Irmer, Chantal Fischer
Production Company
Cinetelefilms, Dolce Vita Films Paris, 13 Production
Sales
Jour2Fête
Writer
Mehdi M. Barsaoui
Cinematography
Antoine Héberlé
Editor
Camille Toubkis
Production Design
Sophie Abdelkafi
Music
Amine Bouhafa
Cast
Najla Ben Abdallah, Sami Bouajila