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).

Albert Samama Chekli

Albert Samama Chekli

Born in Tunis in 1872 and died in 1934 in Tunis, Albert Samama Chekli is the first Tunisian filmmaker and a pioneer of national cinema.  HE is also one of the earliest filmmakers in the world.
 Of Spanish Jewish origin, his father, a banker, an aide to Sadok Bey, Albert knew very early social life in the palaces of Tunis. He continued his studies with Charles Martial Lavigerie and the Jesuits in Marseilles. He traveled extensively, to Cape Horn, China and Australia. He got his nickname "Chikli" from the Brotherhood of Firemen on Chikli Island, a small island on Lake of Tunis where Albert Samama organized some great parties.
In 1896, he returned to Tunisia and the capital with projects making the first film images with the photographer Soler. He corresponded with the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere, especially when he screened the films,  Leaving the Lumière factory in Lyon and The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat. Fascinated by photography and cinematography, but also by all the sciences and new technologies, he is thus the first to introduce the bicycle to Tunisia, the wireless telegraph and the first X-ray machine to a hospital of Tunis. He also rab the first aerial photographs of Tunisia in 1908, ballooning from Hammam Lif and Grombalia. He filmed the earthquake in Messina in 1908 and in 1909, shooting underwater. In 1910, he filmed Tuna fishing in Tunisia for the Prince of Monaco.
He developed a taste for documentary and reportage and begins to cover events in all of Tunisia for the studios Pathé and Gaumont and the newspapers Le Matin and L'Illustration. As a reporter, he also filmed the short Beylicale, making both shots anecdotal – like a solemn Hedi Bey on the steps of Bardo - historical, like the funeral of Naceur Bey.
Subsequently, he tries to make a kind of "encyclopedia of pictures of Tunisian life." That's why he went to the countryside and spent long weeks alongside rural populations. In his first fiction short, Zohra (1922), the first Tunisian film fiction, Samama-Chikli pays tribute to these tribes by telling the story of a young shipwrecked Frenchman, who fell from a plane that was collected by Bedouins and the Tunisian lived for a time with them. This film was very successful in his presentation to the Omnia Pathe Cinema in Tunis. He gave his daughter, Haydee Tamzali the leading role, and she became the first female performer and writer.
Samama-Chikli The Eclipse and then shoots, in 1923-1924, Ain el Ghazal or The Girl from Carthage. A drama of Arab life, the first feature film directed by a Tunisian. Produced with the support of Habib Bey who attended the filming in Tunis, he supplied his palace and all the extras including Samama-Chikli that were needed.  A melodrama, the film tells of the impossible love between a teacher and a girl whose father has promised her to the son of the sheikh.
He died in 1934 in Tunis.  The epitaph on his tomb reads: "Tireless in curiosity, daring in courage and daring in the enterprise, obstinate in the trial, resigned in misfortune, he leaves friends."

History Of Tunisian Cinema 

Tunisian Actress Hafsiya Harzi

Albert Samemah Chekli "The Blood of the Gazelle" 

The Tunisian cinema keeps about 600 art films at the National Film Archive. They treat all subjects of Tunisian society. Some of these films have achieved international success as a "sign of belonging" Cherfi Kamel (director Franco-Tunisian), which won first prize in the Venice Film Festival, Halfaouine, The Child of the Terraces and A Summer in La Goulette of Ferid Boughedir, Naceur Ktari Ambassadors, The Silences of the Palace Moufida Tlatli Essaïda Mohamed Zran red Satin and more recently made ​​by director Raja Amari.

Films exist in Tunisia since its appearance in the world. By 1896, the Lumiere brothers shoot moving pictures in the streets of Tunis. In 1919, the first feature film made ​​in Africa, "The Five Gentlemen Cursed" to-Luitz Morat, was shot in Tunisia. In 1927, the first Tunisian feature film in black and white is directed and produced by Albert Samemah Chekli "The Blood of the Gazelle" where his daughter played the main role and is presented as the first actress in the Arab world. The first film after independence is acted by Omar El Klifi "Al-Fajr" (Dawn) shot in 35 millimeter.

In 1927, the first Tunisian film distribution company, TUNIS-FILM begins the operation. After independence, the film production depended entirely on the limited company Tunisian film production and expansion (SATPEC), which handles the management of cinematographic activities in the country. However, in the 1980s, we witness the emergence of the private sector resulting in the liquidation of the SATPEC. A period that represents the golden age of Tunisian cinema with the emergence of a social character and films that deal with the question of authority of all kinds.