Due to circumstances beyond our control, we regret that director Manele Labidi Labbé will no longer attend the screening of Arab Blues.
This film is F-rated.
Having lived many years in Paris, Selma (Golshifteh Farahani, About Elly, Paterson) returns to Tunisia to open a psychotherapy practice – a profession in its infancy in the country – based in a rundown rooftop apartment in her aunt and uncle’s building. Business booms… much to the surprise of the family who can’t understand why she left Paris. While reflecting a troubled modern-day Tunisia in the wake of the 2011 revolution, Selma is always dazzling and good-humoured, whether faced with a client, or the intimidating portrait of Freud that hangs upon her wall. MPR
Director’s Note: French-Tunisian writer-director Manele Labidi Labbé’s terrific debut is a sophisticated, colourful comedy about homecoming and taboos.
Official Selection, Venice Days Section, Venice International Film Festival; Toronto International Film Festival; BFI London International Film Festival 2019
Screening as part of IFI French Film Festival – November 13th to 24th. Multi-film tickets available directly from the IFI Box Office: 5 films for €50, 10 films for €90.
Please note that only persons 18 years and over will be admitted to this screening.