Presented at the Venice Days of the Venice Film Festival, A Sofa in Tunis is released in Italian cinemas.
The idea that gave rise to the story of A sofa in Tunis, the screenwriter and director Manèle Labidi he had it when he told his mother he was going to analysis. He never did! Her mother lashed out at her, accusing her with this choice of wanting to demolish her culture and her family. Psychoanalytic practice is viewed with great skepticism in Tunisia, and is still very little widespread today. Manèle Labidi, who makes his feature film directorial debut with this film, imagined what could happen to a woman if, after years of living in Paris, she decided to return to her country to open a psychotherapy studio.
“Selma decides to practice in Tunis so that she can listen to the inhabitants of the capital and encourage them to express themselves freely at a time when the whole country is discovering and experiencing freedom of thought and speech for the first time,” says the director, ” she wants to bring her professionalism to a country that has just experienced a revolution and is starting to open up but suffers from a shortage of psychoanalysts and psychotherapists for the working classes, but Selma has also returned to her country to deal with her past ” . The protagonist of the film, played by Golshifteh Farahani, also creates confusion in his family, with which he would like to have a constructive confrontation. A sofa in Tunis was presented at Days of the Authors of the Venice Film Festival where he won the BNL Audience Award, and from today 8 October it comes out in Italian cinemas thanks to Bim Distribuzione.
Below the cinerale di A sofa in Tunis.