Hedi

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Tunisia | 2016 | 89 minutes | Mohamed Ben Attia

The week before his wedding, a quiet Tunisian salesman meets a free-spirited adventurer who inspires him to stage a personal rebellion in this understated drama. Produced by the Dardenne brothers; winner of Best First Feature and Actor awards in Berlin.

"Director Mohamed Ben Attia subtly weaves the seismic social changes brought on by the Arab Spring into this sly, poignant drama"The Seattle Times


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Poor Hedi. A hapless, apathetic young man, he's used to letting his strong-willed mother run his life: She's arranged his job as a Peugeot salesman (he hates it); she's chosen his bride-to-be (he's ambivalent); she's even constructed the apartment where the couple will live after their marriage—a home right above her own. Hedi, dutiful if somewhat sullen, goes along with it all, his only escape the notebook of surrealist drawings that he secretly dreams of publishing someday. But one week before his marriage, Hedi goes on a sales visit to the coastal city of Mahdia and meets Rim, a free-spirited woman working as a dancer at his hotel. Five years older than Hedi, well-traveled and independent, she opens a vista of liberation that threatens to upend the life he's always known. While the film is set in the wake of the Arab Spring, this drama of self-realization is unmistakably universal, a resonance reflected in the film's Arabic title, Inhebbek Hedi ("We love you, Hedi"). We cheer him on with the same optimistic goodwill we might feel for anyone who has ever embarked on such a path, hoping the best for him, and for ourselves.

Director Biography
Mohamed Ben Attia has just gotten his start in filmmaking, with his only other directing credit being the 2004 short film Romantisme. He acts as both writer and director for his 2016 drama Hedi.

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  • Original Language Title: Inhebbek Hedi
  • Director: Mohamed Ben Attia
  • Principal Cast: Majd Mastoura, Rym Ben Messaoud, Sabah Bouzouita, Hakim Boumessoudi, Ombia Ben Ghali
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Tunisia, Belgium, France, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Producer: Dora Bouchoucha Fourati
  • Screenplay: Mohamed Ben Attia
  • Cinematographers: Frederic Noirhomme
  • Editors: Azza Chaabouni, Ghalya Lacroix, Hafedh Laaridhi
  • Music: Jean Sebastien Garbe
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Berlin 16 (Best First Feature, Silver Bear for Best Actor)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Arabic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Luxbox