Sunday, 13th November, 19:30, Art Cinema Kolarac, Belgrade
Monday, 14th November, 15:00, Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Belgrade
Tuesday, 15th November, 20:00, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Friday, 11th November, 19:00, Niš Cultural Centre, Niš
As I Open My Eyes (fic.)
Director: Leyla Bouzid
Country: France, Tunisia, Belgium, United Arab Emirates
Language: Arabic, French
Subtitle: Serbian, English
Cast: Baya Medhaffer, Ghalia Benali, Montassar Ayari
Screenplay: Leyla Bouzid, Marie-Sophie Chambon
Producer: Sandra da Fonseca, Imed Marzouk
Director of Photography: Sébastien Goepfert
Editing: Lilian Corbeille
Music: Khyam Allami
Production: Blue Monday Productions, Propaganda Production
Distribution: Five Stars Film Distribution / fivestarsfilms.rs
Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Revolution: Farah, 18 years-old, has just graduated and her family already sees her as a future doctor. But she doesn’t think the same way. She sings in a political rock band. She has a passion for life, gets drunk, discovers love and her city by night against the will of her mother Hayet, who knows Tunisia and its dangers too well.
Leyla Bouzid was born in Tunisia and attended La Fémis school for directing. She directed Soubresauts (Mkhobbi Fi Kobba) and the short Zakaria. These two short films received over a dozen awards. As I Open My Eyes is Leyla’s first feature film and premiered at Venice Days. It was awarded the Best European Film award. It has already received upwards of 25 awards from festivals including Toronto and Rotterdam.
Festivals and awards
Tribeca Film Festival, 2016
Best Film, East End Film Festival, UK, 2016
BNL People’s Choice Award, Venice International Film Festival, 2015
Europa Cinemas Label Award (Venice Days), Venice International Film Festival, 2015
Toronto International Film Festival, 2015
Sharply yet subtly capturing the atmosphere of fear fostered by the dictatorship of President Ben Ali, this skillfully made drama is especially attuned to the myriad forms of surveillance, from the prurient to the political.
Jay Weissberg, Variety
As I Open My Eyes is the best fictional film yet about the Arab Spring.
Kaleem Aftab, Indiewire
An engaging, personal take on an event that must be close to Bouzid’s heart, As I Open My Eyes should open your eyes, too and is well worth seeing.
Matthew Anderson, CineVue
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