One of the discoveries from the last Cannes Festival (Directors’ Fortnight), an astonishing, unhurried film by a Tunisian director that meanders between realism and poetry. The story of a deserter and his dramatic escape turns unexpectedly into a dark fairy tale. The main character, S, who tracks down terrorists in the desert, gets a week off following the death of his mother. When he decides not to return to his unit, a prosecutor turns the hunter into the hunted. S becomes an outlaw and is deprived of his identity—he dumps not only his uniform but all of his clothing. Along the way, he meets F, a pregnant woman who isn’t sure whether she really wants the child. Thus, she also steps out of the role imposed on her by society. Tlamess leads both of them to an internal transformation, requiring, at the same time, that viewers crack the code of this beautiful enigma on their own. In telling his story from death to birth, Ala Eddine Slim draws on his own experiences, but he also pays homage to a couple of cinema’s masters. A skillful eye can easily see references to Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket and 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as the works of Sergio Leone.
Born in 1982, Ala Eddine Slim is a Tunisian director, screenwriter, editor and producer. He graduated from the Institut Supérieur des Arts Multimédia in Manouba and took part in summer courses at La Fémis in Paris. He co-founded the production company Exit Productions. His debut film, The Last of Us, premiered at the Venice Festival, where he received a Luigi De Laurentiis Award. Tlamess was presented in the Directors’ Fortnight section at Cannes.
2012 Babylon (doc.)
2016 The Last of Us