The San Diego Arab Film Festival is a project of KARAMA

Hedi

 

 

 

 

Title in English:  Hedi

Director:  Mohamed Ben Attia

Country:  Tunisia/Belgium/France

Year:  2016

Duration:  88 min.

Language:  Arabic with English subtitles

Awards:  Golden Athena, Best Picture, Athens International Film Festival, 2016; Silver Berlin Bear, Best Actor, Berlin International Film Festival, 2016; Best First Feature Award, Berlin International Film Festival, 2016; Best Actor, First Feature Competition, Carthage Film Festival, 2016

 

Hedi is a simple young man. He is neither very talkative, nor reactive and does not expect much from the life that is traced for him. Indifferent to everything around him, he just takes life as it comes. He allows his authoritarian and overwhelming mother to organise his marriage to Khedija. He allows his boss to send him on a prospection trip to Mahdia during the week of his wedding celebrations. And he allows Ahmed, his brother who has come back from France especially to take part in the ceremony, to dictate how he should behave. In other words, he takes it all as it comes. He understands what is happening to him, but he just waits for things to go by.

In Mahdia, he meets Rim who works as an activity leader in a hotel, a seaside resort that is losing its tourists.

Intrigued by her insouciance and frivolity, Hedi gets involved in a passionate love relationship with her.

In the mean time while the wedding preparations go on, Hedi is finally forced to make a choice.

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