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Instead of bringing water from the village well, Eya and Sofia, ten and twelve, seize the chance to discover the nearby forest where they’re not allowed to go. They decide to do whatever they want, just like boys! In the forest, they make beautiful encounters. But freedom always comes with a cost ... 


Eya and Sofia, ten and twelve, are sent to the village well by their mother. They seize the chance to have an adventure in the nearby forest where usually, they’re not allowed to go. 

The forest, both stunning and terrifying, becomes a setting for their games. They go deep inside it, full of enthusiasm, because for the first time ever, they’re free to do whatever they want, with no one to watch them, just like boys!

But freedom comes with a cost. Sofia loses her younger sister in the vast forest. With the nightfall, the only thing she can do is to go home without Eya.

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2021
Production country:
Tunisia
Qatar
Co production country:
Norway
Release date (international):
2021-08-06
Production company:
Atlas Vision Productions
Co production company:
Filmbin AS
Financing company:
Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image
Doha Film Institute
Organisation Internationale de la Francophononie
Østnorsk Filmsenter
Producer:
Asma Chiboub
Co producer:
Nicholas Sando

Director

  • Amel Guellaty

    Amel Guellaty is a Tunisian director and photographer. She worked as an assistant or casting director on several features such as Assayas' or Kechiche's. In 2017, she wrote and directed her first short fiction Black Mamba (20’), produced by Atlas Vision. The film was selected for the  African Perspectives section at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short film festival. In competition in more than 60 international film festivals, Black Mamba won 20 awards. French Canal+ and the Italian RT Channel screened it. Amel has just completed her second short fiction, Chitana, and is developing her first feature, Tunis-Djerba, part of the Less Is More writing workshop and EAVE producers’ workshop in 2020. As a photographer, Amel's works are published in different magazines such as “Elle” France, and has been participating in various group exhibitions. 

    Amel Guellaty

Cast

Sofia:
Yasmine Ben Amara
Eya:
Yasmine Thamleoui
Mother:
Hajer Ghars
Camper:
Mahdi Midani

Crew

Director:
Amel Guellaty
Screenplay:
Amel Guellaty
Cinematographer:
Amine Messadi
Editor:
Fakhreddine Amri
Composer:
Stein Berge Svendsen
ProductionDesigner:
Fatma Madani
Costume Designer:
Randa Khedher
Makeup artist:
Nivine Hassan
Sound engineer:
Kasper Val Bjerregaard
Sound Recording:
Aymen Laabidi
First assistant director:
Emir Majouli

Technical information

Genre:
Drama
Format:
Prores file
Screen ratio:
1:1,85
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Stereo 5.1
Length in mins:
20'
Language:
Arabic
Subtitles:
English

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