Dean Crowe Theatre Athlone

Tuesday 16 January 2024 8pm

Dir: Lofty Nathan - France, Luxemburg, Tunisia, Belgium 2021

Language: Arabic with subtitles

Running time: 87 mins Cert: TBC

Starring: Adam Bessa, Najib Allagui, Ikbal Harbi, Khaled Brahem

A modern-day parable about resistance. Ali, a young Tunisian dreaming of a better life, in making a precarious living selling contraband gas at the local black market. When his father suddenly dies, he’s forced to take charge of his two younger sisters and their impending eviction. What ensues is a fight for dignity. The voice of a generation trying to be heard more than a decade after the revolution.

Cannes Film Festival - 2022
Un Certain Regard Award for Best Performance- Adam Bessa
Nominee Un Certain Regard Prize – Lotfy Nathan

Red Sea International Film Festival - 2022
Yusr Award for Best Director – Lotfy Nathan
Award for Best Actor – Adam Bessa

Saint-Jean-De-Luz Film Festival - 2022
Best Male Performance

★★★★★ "A gripping character study and the first major standout in Un Certain Regard. It’s arguable that it should have competed for the Palme d’Or. French-Tunisian star Adam Bessa is extraordinary." THE TELEGRAPH

★★★★★ “Grounded, gritty, tense” - “An unforgettable film” NEW INTERNATIONALIST