BEHIND THE MOUNTAINS
Fantastic Realism | Running Time: 98 minutes
2023 / Arabic
Country: Tunisia, France, Belgium, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Qatar
Mohamed Ben Attia studied film in Tunis and France, then directed five short films including Kif Lokhrin, which won the silver award at FESPACO in 2006. His first feature Hedi, produced by the Dardenne brothers, won Best First Film and the Silver Bear for best actor at the 2016 Berlinale, subsequently releasing in 20 countries. Behind the Mountains is his third feature.
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ProducerDora Bouchoucha, Lina Chaabane Menzli, Nadim Cheikhrouha, Jean Pierre Et Luc Dardenne, Delphine Tomson, Giovanni Robbiano, Lorenzo Rapetti, Paolo Maria Spina
CastMajd Mastoura, Walid Bouchhioua, Samer Bisharat, Helmi Dridi, Salma Zeghidi, Wissem Belgharek
ScriptwriterMohamed Ben Attia
Rafik is a desperate man. Released from a Tunisian prison, where he served four years for smashing up the office where he used to work, he is now convinced he can fly and is determined, in the face of his family scepticism, to prove to his young son Yassine that his vision is real. Taking the boy out of school and heading to the mountains, where he finds temporary refuge by invading a bourgeois family’s country house, Rafik is clearly mentally unwell. Whether he can fly or not remains an open question, however, cleverly teased by the film-maker and by Majd Mastoura, who is both persuasive and dignified as Rafik.