As I Open My Eyes

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    As I Open My Eyes

    A peine j'ouvre les yeux

    Directed by

    Belgium, France, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia

    2015

    102 min

    • French
    • Arabic

    Drama

    Venice DaysToronto IFFKarlovy Vary IFF

    Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Revolution: Farah, 18 years old, has just graduated and her family already sees her as a future doctor. But she doesn't have the same idea. She sings in a political rock band, has a passion for life, gets drunk, discovers love and her city by night against the wishes of her mother Hayet, who knows Tunisia and its dangers all too well.

    Awards

    • Best Debut Film - Namur IFF
    • Europa Cinemas Label Prize, BNL Audience Award - Venice Days
    • Best Film, Best Actress (Baya Medhaffer), Audience Award - Saint-Jean-de-Luz Festival
    • Special Mention (Actress Ghalia Benali), Critic Prize (UPCB – UBFP), Audience Award - Cinémamed
    • Best Muhr Fiction Feature - Dubai IFF
    • Best Film - Mediterranean FF Split
    • Best Feature - East End FF

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    Credits

    Cast
    Baya Medhaffer
    Ghalia Benali
    Montassar Ayari
    Aymen Omrani
    Lassaad Jamoussi
    Deena Abdelwahed
    Youssef Soltana
    Marwen Soltana
    Screenplay
    Leyla Bouzid
    Marie-Sophie Chambon 
    Cinematography
    Sebastien Goepfert
    Editing
    Lilian Corbeille

    Director's Statement

    There was a special atmosphere that summer, the feeling of being in a dead end, that something would eventually explode. Young people were in turmoil, they resisted through music, blogging, Internet and their very existence. It is from them that came the energy of what happened later, it is from them that comes the energy of this film. [...] Farah is one of these young people who seeks to live life to the full despite family pressure and an omnipresent police state. As a free and impulsive singer, she is the voice of a generation that resists daily.

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    Press

    By far the best fictional film about the Arab Spring.

    Kaleem Aftab, Indiewire

    An impressive debut.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    A touching story.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    Fiercely committed.

    Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

    Leyla Bouzid

    Leyla Bouzid

    Tunisia

    While documentaries are about a present that is constantly changing, I believe that feature films should play with our memory.

    Leyla Bouzid is a Tunisian born and raised filmmaker. She studied French literature at the Sorbonne and film directing at La Fémis. Her shorts SOUBRESAUTS (2011) and ZAKARIA (2013) were both awarded at the Angers FF. AS I OPEN MY EYES (2015) is her first feature, which premiered in Venice Days and has been awarded Muhr Fiction Feature at the Dubai IFF. AS I OPEN MY EYES also screened at IFF Rotterdam in 2016.

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