Arabian Nights
Tunisia, France / 2002 / Arabic, French dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 103 minutes
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After years abroad, Jamil returns to Tunisia and takes a job as an assistant in an old bookshop. The owner, Tarek, is a youngman whose wife yearns to follow her dreams of musical stardom. Tarek's widowed mother forms a bond with the prodigal Jamil just as her son's marriage begins to crack each story line within this charming film is a book in its self; director Nawfel Sahen-Ettaba carefully creates a web of relationships, full of human contradictions and intrigue. After its debut at the Carthage Film Festival in 2003, El Kotbia became an award-winnig festival favorite, screening at Berlin, Tribeca and Edinburgh among others.


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