mardi 12 juin 2012

The Secret of the Grain

Born in Tunisia, Abdellatif Kechiche arrived in Nice with his parents at the age of 6. Passionate about theater; he studied drama at the Conservatoire d'Antibes.

In film, he got the lead rolein Mint Tea by Abdelkrim Bahloul, where he plays a young Algerian immigrant sentenced to life for petty theft.

André Téchiné hired him in 1987 in Dreamers where he plays a gigolo with Sandrine Bonnaire and Jean-Claude Brialy. With Bezness by Nouri Bouzid, he won the Best Actor of the Festival of Namur in 1992.

 All these qualities earned him the Golden Lion for Best First Film at the Venice Film Festival in 20001.

Kechiche  then directed in 2006 The Secret of the Grain that evokes the journey of a manual laborer of North African origin who wishes to retrain inthe restaurant business in the port in Sète.

The filmmaker has again demonstrated his talent as a painter of everyday kindness and as a storyteller. He received a hero's welcome in Venice where he was awarded the Grand Jury Prize.
After obtaining the Prix Louis-Delluc 2007, The Secret of the Grain won indeed the same four statuettes as The Dodge, three years before.


Letaïef Ibrahim (director, producer) was born in 1959 in Kairouan. After studies in Communication Sciences in Paris, he turned to the cinema.

He began his producing career in 1994, before founding in 1997 a production company Long and Short, through which he was not content to just produce. He served the profession as a  writer and director. 

Ibrahim Letaief is part of a new generation of directors who are working to give the Tunisian cinema a new image at the national, regional and international levels.

 He directed and produced several commercials in parallel and short films, including "Alaugh too" (2000), a documentary about Nagib Mahfoudh, the series "Tell me the year 2000", "Visa" (2004) and "I you got my eye "(2006). "Cinecitta"  (2009).

Tunisian Maktoub

Briefly a professional football player, Dhafer Abidine began studying computer science, while becoming a model for the Paris branch Metropolitan.

By 2002, he began an acting career in the UK. He played in the British television series Dream Team as broadcast on Sky 1, Spooks on the BBC and The Bill on ITV. In film, he plays the role in the controversial movie, The Mark of Cain.

Through his role as Dali, in the soap Tunisian Maktoub, he became an idol for Tunisian women, a first for the country's personality.


Sex and the City 2 (2010)
Kingdom of Dust (2010)
Centurion (2010)
The Secrets (2009)
31 North 62 East (2009)
Rise of the Foot Soldier (2007)
The Mark of Cain (2007)
It Mercante di Pietre (2006)
The Son of Man (2006)
A Different Dish (2006)
Strike Back (2010)
Wallander (2010)
The Omid Djalili Show (2009)
Maktoub (2008-2009)
Coming Up (2008)
A Touch of Frost (2008)
The Whistleblowers (2007)
Thieves Like Us (2007)

Making of

Nouri Bouzid  studied at INSAS (National Institute of Performing Arts and Technology Diffusion) in Brussels in 1968. Upon his return to Tunisia from 1972 to 1973, he worked at the Tunisian Television (RTT).

He was arrested and imprisoned for over five years (1973-1979) for crimes of opinion and membership in the radical group Perspectives. He experienced the torture, imprisonment, a living hell.

His first feature film Man of Ashes (1986) was selected for Cannes and awarded in several festivals. In addition to his work as director, Nouri Bouzid collaborated on the writing of many successes of Tunisian cinema as Halfaouine - Child of the terraces (Ferid Boughedir, 1990), The Night of the Decade (Babai Brahim, 1990), The Sultan of the Medina (Moncef Dhouib,1992), The Silences of the Palace (Moufida Tlatli, 1994), The Season of Men (MoufidaTlatli, 2001).

Duel (film, 1972) / The Man of Ashes (1986) / Les Sabots en or (1989) /It's Scheherazade Being Murdered (in the short film project "The Gulf War and after ...? ",1991) / Bezness (1993) / Hands in the Dish (short Film, 1993) / Tunisian (1998) / Clay Dolls (2002) / Making of (2006) / Wandering in Part of Africa as Seen By ... (2009)

Ferid Boughedir, the Child of the Terraces

Ferid Boughedir was born in 1944 in Hammam Lif, and is a director, critic and film historian.

His first film, Halfaouine, the Child of the Terraces, is the best known in the world.

A journalist with the magazine “Jeune Afrique” in 1971, Ferid Boughedir is professor of cinema at the University of Tunis.

He first published as a film critic   articles on the history of African and Arab cinema. He directed two feature-length documentaries in the Official Selection at Cannes: Camera d'Africa (1983) Camera and Arabic (1987).

In 1992, Boughedir became managing director at the 14th session of the JCC. He has been a member of the official jury at Cannes (1991), Berlin (1997) and Venice (1999) and chairman of the Panafrican Film and Television of Ouagadougou (2001).

Fadhel Jaïbi 

Fadhel Jaïbi is a Tunisian director. He is a figure of contemporary Arab theater.

Fadhel Jaibi completed his theater studies in France between 1967 and 1972. He then served as director of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art from 1974 to 1978 and founded with Jalila Baccar the first Tunisian private company, “the New Theatre” in Tunis in 1976 and the company Familia Productions in 1993.

He has to his credit more than twenty plays, including hostages Corps, and four films.

vendredi 4 mai 2012

Tarek Ben Ammar

Born 12 June 1949 in Tunis, Tarek Ben Ammar is a Tunisian film producer and businessman. He is adviser to Vivendi and the Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.

He is the majority shareholder of his affiliates, Quinta Communications Group, which includes many technical industries in French cinema like the laboratory CTA specializing in film images, Duran Duboi, specializing in post-production and special effects, and Scanlab.

In the field of sound, the group gathers Quinta SIS, The Joinville Auditoriums and Boulogne, and Cine-Stereo Acousti. In addition, the group became shareholder in February 2007 to 43% in the group Flash. On 19 December the same year, he bought for 13 million euros the remaining 57% of the investment fund ETMF2 (BNP Paribas). He also owns a 14% stake in the television channel TV Breizh Breton.

In association with Mediaset Investment, they own a 50% stake in Maghreb-oriented Tunisian channel, Nessma. From June 1996 to 1998, he was Michael Jackson’s manager of  and produced his world tour (52 concerts).