A stunning fiction/documentary hybrid set in the vacuum between dictatorship and democracy. While Tunisians dreams of a better Tunisia, 23-year-old DVD salesman Abdallah dreams of a better life in Europe.
June 5, 2013
|8:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival||Date has passed|
June 7, 2013
|3:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival||Date has passed|
An audacious hybrid between fiction and documentary, set in contemporary Tunisia shortly after the Jasmine Revolution in 2011, Die Welt portrays a society in the vacuum between dictatorship and democracy. A clerk in a DVD store, young Abdallah has become increasingly frustrated by the limitations of his life. While the country is looking forward to its first free elections since Ben Ali fled the country, and hopes are high, the troubled economy is prompting many young Tunisians to take advantage of their newly gained freedom, by seeking a better life in Europe. After meeting the Dutch tourist Anna, he starts dreaming of the possibilities in Europe, or Die Welt (the world), as his father calls the promised land on the other side of the Mediterranean. In his feature film debut, Dutch director Alex Pitstra investigates his Tunisian roots, working with both professional actors as well as family members in supporting roles, in this immersive portrait of Tunisia today.
Alex Pitstra, also known as Karim Alexander Pitstra, directed his first film at fifteen and worked as a DJ and producer in the music industry before starting his own production company. Raised in the Netherlands, he did not meet his Tunisian father until the age of 25. His 2013 SIFF entry Die Welt is partially influenced by imagining how he would have been raised in his father’s homeland.
Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Comcast Xfinity
|Principal Cast:||Abdelhamid Naouara, Mohsen Ben Hassen, Rahma Ben Hassen, Ilse Heus|
|Country:||Netherlands, Tunisia, Qatar|
|Running Time:||80 minutes|
|Screenplay:||Alex Pitstra, Thijs Gloger, Abdallah Rezgui|
|Editors:||Alex Pitstra, Thijs Gloger, René Duursma|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|
|Language:||Arabic, Dutch, English|
|International Sales:||Premium Films|