Official US Trailer for Tunisian Coming-of-Age Film 'As I Open My Eyes'
"Aren't we censoring ourselves? So what's the point of our music?" Kino Lorber has released a trailer for the upcoming US release of the Tunisian film As I Open My Eyes, about a young girl torn between two lives: her connection to her family and her devotion to her rock band. Newcomer Baya Medhaffer plays the 18-year-old Tunisian woman named Farah, a singer in a politically charged rock band balancing her life as a musician and traditional expectations of her family. Described as a "nuanced portrait of the individual implications of the incipient Arab Spring". This looks like a fascinating and impressive film from Tunisia, worth checking out for many different reasons, including the debut performance of Baya Medhaffer. Enjoy.
Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for Leyla Bouzid's As I Open My Eyes, direct from YouTube:
Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Revolution: Farah, 18 years-old, has just graduated and her family already sees her as a future doctor. But she doesn't think the same way. She sings in a political rock band. She has a passion for life, gets drunk, discovers love and her city by night against the will of her mother Hayet, who knows Tunisia and its dangers too well. As I Open My Eyes, or À peine j'ouvre les yeux originally in French, is directed by filmmaker Leyla Bouzid, making her feature directorial debut after a few short films previously. The screenplay is written by Leyla Bouzid and Marie-Sophie Chambon. This first premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals last year, playing at numerous other fests this year. Kino Lorber will release Bouzid's As I Open My Eyes in select US theaters starting September 9th. Interested?