A film by Mehdi Hmili, 2021

Genre: Social Drama

Languages: Arabic

Subtitles: French / English

Format: HD

Sound: 5.1

Duration: 120 min

Countries: Tunisia, France, Luxembourg

Year: 2021




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Amel, wrongly accused, is released from prison after a case of adultery and prostitution. In the underworld of Tunis, she searches for her missing son Moumen. In the course of her journey, Amel comes face to face with a Tunisian society in free fall.



Script: Mehdi Hmili

Director: Mehdi Hmili

Image: Ikbal Arafa

Sound: Aymen Labidi, Maher Abbes, Nicolas Leroy, Angelo Dos Santos, Michel Schillings

Decors: Nahla Smati

Costumes: Emna Barhoumi

Make-up: Hajer Bouhaouala

Editing: Ghalia Lacroix et Hafedh Laridhi

Music: Amine Bouhafa


Cast : 

Ben Mahmoud Afef, Iheb Bouyahia, Zaza, Sarah Hannachi, Baccar Slim, Noomen Hamda, Fakher Wahchy.


Produced by Yol Film House (TN)

Co-produced by MPM Film (FR) & Tarantula Luxembourg.


Sales Agent for Arabic countries : Mad Solutions


Locarno Film Festival 2021
Official Selection - Concorso Cineasti del presente

Zurich Film Festival (Switzerland)

Mostra de València – Cinema del Mediterrani (Spain)

Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (Belgium)

Arabic Film Festival in Fameck (France)

CINEMED - International Festival of Mediterranean Cinema of Montpellier (France)

Französische Filmtage Tübingen Stuttgart (Germany)

El Ícaro Festival Internacional de Cine en Centroamérica (Guatemala)

Cinemamed - Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen de Bruxelles (Belgium)

Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt)
Best Actress award for Afef Ben Mahmoud

Kolkata International Film Festival (India)

Arab Film Days | Oslo (Norway)

Festival international de cinéma Vues d'Afrique (Canada)

Malmö Arab Film Festival (Sweden)

Sguardi Altrove Film Festival (Italy)

Durban International Film Festival (South Africa)

FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival (Portugal)



Mehdi Hmili is a Tunisian director, screenwriter and producer. He studied cinema in Paris. He directed three short films in France about love and exile, X-Moment, Li-La and The Nuit of Badr. In 2016 he released his first feature film Thala Mon Amour, a love story that takes place during the Tunisian revolution. He co-founded Yol Film House with Moufida Fedhila in Tunis and produced several award-winning fiction films and documentaries in several international festivals. In 2019, he participated in La Fabrique of Cinémas du Monde at Cannes Film Festival with the feature documentary Fouledh. He has just finished his second feature film Streams which will be released in 2021. Mehdi Hmili is part of the new wave of young Tunisian filmmakers and he is a major figure in the current Tunisian cinematographic landscape. His production company Yol Film House plays an active role in supporting Tunisian talent and its productions have strong potential for co-production and international distribution. Mehdi Hmili is a Torino Film Lab Alumni. He lives and works between Tunis and Paris.



“The performance by Afef Ben Mahmoud is, in a word, superb. She keeps her character relatable throughout and we are with her every step of the way.” –


“Starting off slowly before growing into a masterful work, this Tunisian movie is one of the standout films from the Locarno Film Festival.” – Dirty Movies