Sweet Smell of Spring

  • Zizou (Parfum de printemps)
Genre : Comedy
Type : Fiction
Original title : Parabole de Zizou (La) [Working title]
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2016
Format : Feature
Running time : 99 (in minutes)

In 2011 Tunisia, as the Arab Spring awakens, unemployed graduate Aziz, nicknamed Zizou (Zied Ayadi), travels from his Saharan village to the big city of Tunis in search of a job. From television aerial installation to political intrigue, this fresh-faced young Candide will learn the ways of the world, fall in love with the ravishing Aicha (Sara Hanachi), and become famous. Thirty years bring with them deep and long-standing relationships, and foremost amongst those at FilmFest DC is the bond with Tunisian filmmaker Ferid Boughedir. He focuses more on quality than quantity in six features since 1983: His Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces, A Summer at La Goulette, and Villa Jasmin have all been FFDC highlights. Sweet Smell of Spring-a world premiere presentation-is the welcome new work from a singular voice in Middle Eastern cinema and is destined to breathe deep the sweet smell of international success.-Eddie Cockrell

A film by Férid BOUGHEDIR

Tunisia /France, 2016, Fiction, 99 minutes, Color, In Arabic and French with English subtitles

starring Zyed Ayadi, Sara Hanachi, Fatma Ben Saïdane, Zyed Touati, Aïcha Ben Ahmed, Jamel Sassi

Production : Mille et une productions, Marsa films, Cinares,
in coproduction with France 3 cinema, Abbout productions
with the participation of Canal France Télévisions TV5 monde, CNC, in association with Ingénium Fund,
with the support of Fonds image de la Francophonie and Tunisian Culture Ministry (Ministère tunisien de la Culture).
French Distribution: Zelig films

2016 | 30th Filmfest DC 2016, Washington DC, USA
| 14 > 24/04/2016
* Screening: Friday, April 15 / 6:30 PM / AMC Mazza Gallerie / $13.00 / In Person: Director Férid Boughedir - Reception following April 15 screening sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia
* Screening: Saturday, April 16 / 9:00 PM / AMC Mazza Gallerie / $13.00 / In Person: Director Férid Boughedir


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