Feature Narrative Competition | 105 min | 2018

Dear Son

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About the Film

Riadh is about to retire from his work as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares with his wife Nazli revolves around their only son Sami, who is preparing for his high school exams. The boy’s repeated migraine attacks are a cause of much worry to his parents. But when he finally seems to be getting better, Sami suddenly disappears...

21 Sep, 22:00, Marina Theater

22 Sep, 15:45, Sea Cinema 1


Film Info

Section Feature Narrative Competition
Year 2018
Length 105 min
Language Arabic
Country Tunisia, Belgium, France
Premiere MENA Premiere

Film Credits

Director Mohamed Ben Attia
Screenplay Mohamed Ben Attia
Cinematography Frédéric Noirhomme
Music Omar Aloulou
Editing Nadia Ben Rachid
Producer Dora Bouchoucha, Luc Dardenne, jean-pierre Dardenne, Nadim Cheikhrouha
Production Company Nomadis Images , Les Films du Fleuve , Tanit Films
Sound Design
Sound Ludovic Escallier, Valérie Ledocte
Cast Mohamed Dhrif, Mouna Merji, Zakaria Ben Ayed, Imen Cherif, Taylan Mintas, Tarik Copti

Film Contacts

Middle-East Distributor
MAD Solutions
International Sales


Directed by: Mohamed Ben Attia

Mohamed Ben Attia was born in Tunis in 1976. He studied audiovisual communication at the University of Valenciennes in France after graduating at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (IHEC) in Tunis in 1998. He has directed five short films, ROMANTISME, DEUX COMPRIMES, MATIN ET SOIR (2004), KIF LOKHRIN (Silver award at Fespaco 2006), MOUJA (2008), LOI 76 (2011) and SELMA (2014), which was selected in the international competition of Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and won several awards in various festivals. He directed his first feature INHEBBEK HEDI in 2016 which won the Best First Film Award and the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 2016 Berlinale as well as great critic and audience acclaim around the world. The film was released in more than twenty countries.