ALA EDDINE SLIM, born in 1982 in Sousse, Tunisia. He studied Audiovisual Technologies at the Institut supérieur des arts multimédia de La Manouba (ISAMM). Since 2014, he has been working as a director of award-winning experimental feature films and producing video installations. His work has been included in exhibitions at the MoMA, New York, Centre Pompidou, Paris and Tabakalera, Clermont-Ferrand, among others.
Selected films: Akher Wahed Fina (2016) and Babylon (2012).
Kino der Kunst 2020
TUN, FRA 2019, 120’, ARABISCH/ARABIC
CAST: Abdullah Miniawy, Souhir Ben Amara, Khaled Ben Aissa
KAMERA/CINEMATOGRAPHY: Amine Messadi
For years, a soldier who deserted his Tunisian anti-terror unit has been living alone in the wilderness. Bearded, dirt-encrusted and sporting long fingernails, he manages to survive in the ruins of an abandoned building. As the hermit roams the deep woods, he encounters an elegant woman who has lost her way. Like a greedy ogre, he carries her off to his lair as treasure. In this unusual reinterpretation of Beauty and the Beast, the unequal couple find each other through telepathic eye contact. The woman is also a deserter—from a luxurious and boring marriage to a wealthy businessman. A visually powerful film that anticipates its viewers expectations and preempts familiar narrative logic again and again.