Riadh is about to retire from his work as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares with his wife Nazli revolves around their only son Sami, who is preparing for his high school exams. The boy's repeated migraine attacks are a cause of much worry to his parents. But when he finally seems to be getting better, Sami suddenly disappears…
- Best Actor (Mohamed Dhrif) - El Gouna FF
- Tunisia's Submission for the 92nd Academy Awards
- Mohamed Dhrif
- Mouna Mejri
- Zakaria Ben Ayed
- Imen Chérif
- Taylan Mintas
- Tarik Copti
- Mohamed Ben Attia
- Frédéric Noirhomme
- Nadia Ben Rachid
- Omar Aloulou
- NOMADIS IMAGES
- LES FILMS DU FLEUVE
- TANIT FILMS
Inspired by real events, Ben Attia's minutely observed sophomore feature is less about jihadi fighters than the loved ones they leave behind, wrestling with guilt and grief, shame and blame.
Dear Son finally moves beyond tragedy and becomes a quietly absorbing tribute to the power of human resilience.
Sometimes what is strange when you watch a film is that you are struck by a great emotion at the sight of a guy eating a bowl of cereal or a boy putting on his backpack. An innocuous reply or even just a word can also deeply affect us. Cinema can do this kind of thing, make our body react in a funny way and remind us how fragile and beautiful we are
Mohamed Ben Attia was born in Tunis, Tunisia in 1967. He has directed a number of shorts including, ROMANTISME, KIF LOKHRIN (Silver award at FESPACO 2006) and SELMA, which was selected in competition at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. His first feature film, HEDI competed for the Golden Bear in the 2016 Berlinale. His most recent film project WELDI is part of this year's QUMRA Co-Production Market.