Dear Son

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    Dear Son

    Weldi

    Directed by

    Tunisia, Belgium, France, Qatar

    2018

    100 min

    • Arabic

    Drama

    Directors' Fortnight - Cannes

    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…

    Awards

    • Best Actor (Mohamed Dhrif) - El Gouna FF
    • Tunisia's Submission for the 92nd Academy Awards

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Mohamed Dhrif
    Mouna Mejri
    Zakaria Ben Ayed
    Imen Chérif
    Taylan Mintas
    Tarik Copti
    Screenplay
    Mohamed Ben Attia
    Cinematography
    Frédéric Noirhomme
    Editing
    Nadia Ben Rachid
    Music
    Omar Aloulou
    Sales
    LUXBOX
    Production
    NOMADIS IMAGES
    Production
    LES FILMS DU FLEUVE
    Production
    TANIT FILMS

    Press

    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.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Dear Son finally moves beyond tragedy and becomes a quietly absorbing tribute to the power of human resilience.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Mohamed Ben Attia

    Mohamed Ben Attia

    Tunisia

    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.

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