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Dear Son

Weldi · dir. Mohamed Ben Attia
Tunisia, Belgium, France, Qatar 2018, 104’ · Polish premiere

25 October, 20:10 · Cinema City — room 6

Riadh is about to retire from his work as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares with his wife Nazli revolves around their only son Sami, who is preparing for his high school exams. The boy's repeated migraine attacks are a cause of much worry to his parents. But when he finally seems to be getting better, Sami suddenly disappears. He leaves a short note stating that he is going to Syria to join a jihadist group. His parents are heart-broken and find it hard to believe. Riadh is so desperate that he borrows money in an effort to track his son down...

Director:Mohamed Ben Attia
Screenplay:Mohamed Ben Attia
Music:Omar Aloulou
Cinematography:Frédéric Noirhomme
Editing:Nadia Ben Rachid
Cast:Mohamed Dhrif, Mouna Mejri, Zakaria Ben Ayed, Imen Chérif, Taylan Mintas, Tarik Copti
Producers:Dora Bouchoucha, Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Nadim Cheikhrouha
Production:Images, Les Films du Fleuve, Tanit Films
Awards:FF w Cannes / Cannes FF – Oficjalna Selekcja: sekcja Directors\' Fortnight / Official Selection: Directors\' Fortnight section (2018)

Mohamed Ben Attia was born in Tunis in 1976. He studied audiovisual communication at the University of Valenciennes in France after graduating at the Institut de Hautes Etudes Commerciales (IHEC) in Tunis in 1998. He has directed five short films. His first feature Hedi in 2016 wins the Best First Film Award and the Silver Bear Best Actor at the Berlinale as well as great critic and audience acclaim around the world. The film was released in more than twenty countries.

Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 – Dear Son / Weldi
  • 2016 – Hedi / Inhebbek Hedi
  • 2014 – Selma (short)
  • 2011 – Loi 76 (short)
  • 2008 – Mouja (short)

2018 Programme

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