Un fils [real. M. Barsaoui]

Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2019
Format : Feature

Tunisia, Summer 2011.
Fares, 40, lives with Meriem, 37, to whom he has been married for a few years, and Aziz, their 7-year-old son with whom he is very close. This is a modern and happy Tunisian family from a privileged background, cut off from the reality of a Tunisia still flickering six months after the fall of the Ben Ali regime.
Fares and Meriem honour a promise made to their son that they have constantly been postponing; a few days spent in the Tunisian South. They discover Tunisia's desert and its breathtaking and stunning beauty. But the trip turns into a nightmare: on an isolated road, their car is ambushed by an armed group. Aziz is seriously wounded. The child is rushed to the nearest hospital, but the diagnosis is bad. Aziz needs a liver transplant. Too weak for transportation, the child hangs between life and death, in a rudimentary hospital in southeastern Tunisia, waiting for an organ donation that is not coming. It doesn't take long for some long-buried truths to resurface, shaking the lives of our three characters.
What are we capable of doing in order to save our own child's life? How far will a father go? Fares will never be the same…

A film by Mehdi M. Barsaoui

Tunisia, Feature, drama, 90 mins

Director's Statement
I never had a father. Not that he is dead, but he just decided to run
away. That's why I want to make this film: I'm inventing the father I
never had. I live in a rather macho patriarchal society, built on well entrenched Arab-Muslim values, where the Father-figure is sacred.
Very often, Tunisian society reduces fatherhood to a patronymic or a
genetic sequence.
What would happen if we learned that our son does not have our genes? How would we react with all the socio-cultural weight we carry? How would this weight affect our behavior?
I want to dive into the psychology of a father, try to understand him.
Fatherhood will be the central theme of this film but several other
topics will be implied: the relationship to the body; female adultery
that is still not well explored in Arab cinema; denial; forgiveness; guilt.
I feel a visceral need to make this film in order to be at peace with
myself over all the things I never dared tell my father. I want him to
see how he was in my imagination; I want him to see how I would have liked him to be.

A film by Mehdi M. Barsaoui

Tunisia, Fiction, feature, 90 mins, drama

Producer: Habib Attia (Cinétéléfilms)

Director: Mehdi Barsaoui

Country: Tunisia
Running Time: 90 minutes

Total Budget: 826 500 EURO
Finances Committed: 91 500 EURO

Production: Cinétéléfilms

with the support of Fonds Image de la Francophonie (aide à la production de 70 000 €, accordée lors de la première commission Cinéma/Fiction de 2017)

23 rue Andalousie, Borj Baccouche,
2080, Ariana, Tunisia
Email: mh.attia(@)cinetelefilms.net
Office: +21670731986
Mob: +21623449001


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