Lofty Nathan | France, Luxemburg, Tunisia, Belgium | 2022 | 90'
Ali is a young Tunisian who earns his living selling smuggled petrol on the black market. When his father dies suddenly, Ali is forced to look after his sisters and deal with their imminent eviction. In a tragic escalation of despair, the film gives a voice to a whole generation fighting for their dignity and denounces the abuse and immobilism of Tunisian society.
Adam Bessa, Najib Allagui, Ikbal Harbi, Salima Maatoug
Sophie Corra, Thomas Niles
Prize for Best Performance (Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2022)
Lotfy Nathan is an Egyptian-American director. His first feature, the documentary 12 O'Clock Boys, for which he won the HBO 'Emerging Artists' award, was selected by more than 50 international festivals and optioned by Will Smith’s company Overbrook Entertainment for a film adaptation. With Harka, he took part in the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in 2016 and won the prize as best work in progress at the Red Sea Souk, part of the Red Sea IFF 2021. The film was presented at Cannes in 2022 in the Un Certain Regard section.
2022 – Harka, ff
2013 – 12 O'Clock Boys, doc