Sometimes the ones we love are also our tormentors. Based on the book "The Songs" by A. Al Asfahani and the eponymous novel by Andre Miguel, this is the story of the desert poet Quays who is unable to "love silently".
Ever since childhood, Qays has been in love with Layla, whose feelings are reciprocal. Qays, being a poet, sings of his love, crying it out joyously far and wide - just the sort of proclamation which was strictly condemned at the time. Despite this unacceptable affront which Qays, son of a nobleman has made toward layla, her father does not frown upon their marriage. nevertheless, Qays did indeed dare, to sing out in public of his passion and lust for this man's daughter...Layla's father therefore forbids Qays to see her again, and in his fervor sought and obtained the Prince's spermission to have him killed if he persisted.
A film by Taïeb Louhichi
Tunisia / Algeria, 1989, Feature, 1hr30' - col. - 35 mm, Original Version (Arabic) subtitled in French and in English, dubbed in Italian
starring Mouna Noureddine, Safy Boutella, Abderrahmane al-Rachi, Fatma ben Saidane, Tarık Akan, Anca Nicola, Hichem Rostom
French title: Layla, Ma Raison Length: 90' Genre: Drama Country: Tunisia, Algeria Format: 35mm colour, Digital Beta and Beta SP
Director / Scriptwriter: Taïeb Louhichi Director of photography: Ramon Suarez Sound engineers: Riadh Thabet, Faouzi Thabet Music: Egisto Macchi Setting: Mohsen Rais Costumes: Liliane El Hachemi Editor: Moufida Tlatli Producer: Taïeb Louhichi Executive Producer: Lotfi Layouni
Cast Mouna Noureddine Safy Boutella Abderrahmane al-Rachi Fatma ben Saidane Tarık Akan Anca Nicola Hichem Rostom
Production Tanit Production (Tunisia) C.A.A.I.C. - E.N.P.A. (Algeria)
Un amore impossibile sullo sfondo del deserto della Tunisia. Il film è tratto da un'antica leggenda in versi del VII secolo, "Majun et Layla" (Layla e il folle). Folle d'amore infatti diventa Qays e decide di cantare a tutti i suoi sentimenti per Layla. I genitori dell'amata, profondamente indignati dal comportamento immorale del giovane, si oppongono al matrimonio e Qays, perduta ogni speranza di riavere la donna amata, comincia a vagare per il deserto rifiutando ogni contatto con il mondo.
di Taïeb Louhichi
Tunisia, 1989, col. - 90' - 35 mm, Versione originale (arabo) con sottotitoli in italiano