Hailing from Mohammedia, Tunisia, the film documents twelve years in the life of Mehrez. A gifted dancer and actor, but also irresistibly addicted to gambling and horse races, he struggles on a daily basis with himself and the bewildering contradictions of his country. In his unstoppable quest for truthful emotions, Mehrez defies all rules.
- Special Mention (Burning Lights International Competition) - Visions du Réel
- Hamza Ouni
- Cecile Vargaftig
- HENIA PRODUCTION
- LA HUIT PRODUCTION
Hamza Ouni is a Tunisian filmmaker who began his career at the School of Arts and Cinema in Tunis. Hamza Ouni’s first full-length documentary, EL GORT, received an international critique from the International Federation of Cinematographic Press (FIPRESCI) and was premiered at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, where he earned the prize for Best Filmmaker from the Arab World. He also received the Talent Dove Award at the Leipzig DOK festival in 2014 and the Bronze Tanit Award at Carthage in 2014. THE DISQUALIFIED (2020) was selected at Visions du Réel.