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by Leyla Bouzid


Tunis, Summer 2010, a few months before the Revolution. As Ben Ali's government nears the end, Farah, an eighteen-years-old girl, joins "Joujma", a political rock band. In a night-time Tunis, she sings, drinks, discovers love and protest, all against the will of Hayet, her mother, who knows Tunisia and its taboos. But in her love life as on the scene, Farah goes further and further, without suspecting the danger of a regime that watches and infiltrates her privacy. Hayet will do anything to protect her, even revive the wounds of her own youth.

international title: As I Open My Eyes
original title: A peine j'ouvre les yeux
working title: Dieu protège ma fille
country: Tunisia, France, Belgium
sales agent: Doc & Film International
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Leyla Bouzid
film run: 102'
release date: BE 27/04/2016
screenplay: Leyla Bouzid, Marie-Sophie Chambon
cast: Baya Medhaffar, Ghalia Ben Ali, Montassar Ayari, Lassaad Jamoussi, Aymen Omrani
cinematography by: Sébastien Goepfert
film editing: Lilian Corbeille
music: Khyam Allami
producer: Anthony Rey, Sandra da Fonseca, Imed Marzouk
production: Blue Monday Productions, Hélicotronc, Propaganda Production (TN)
distributor: Shellac Distribution

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Venice Film Festival 2015Venice Days, BNL Audience Award, Europa Cinemas Label Award: Best Film
Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur 2015
Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier 2015
Stockholm International Film Festival 2015
Arras Film Festival 2015
Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival 2015
Tbilisi International Film Festival 2015

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