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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Les Silences du palais

Fortnight 1994, Feature film, 2 h 07

Synopsis

Alia, 25, is sick of singing at weddings. After the humiliation of this umpteenth gala night, she expresses the disgust for her life and a muted revolt against Lofti who has been living with her for ten years, never married her and refuses once again to keep the child she is bearing. The announcement of the death of a former Bey, the Prince Sid’Ali, plunges her brutally back into her past. At the funerals, she revisits the palace of her childhood where she was born of a servant mother and of an unknown father… who might be the prince. While she trolls along the deserted corridors, some cruel and fascinating images of her childhood come back…

Director

Moufida Tlatli

She was born in Tunisia. She graduated at IDHEC, in Paris. She was a script and a director at ORTF. She was an editor on many films like Omar Gatlato” of Merzak Allouache, “Nahla” of Farouk Beloufa, “La Mémoire fertile” of Michel Khleifi, “L’Ombre de la terre” of Taïeb Louichi and “Traversées” of Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, for example. She was first director making Les silences du palais.

Amel Hedhili
Ghalia Lacroix
Hend Sabri
Najia Ouerghi

Screenplay
Moufida Tlatli

Image
Youssef Ben Youssef

Sound
Faouzi Thabet

Editing
Moufida Tlatli

Music
Anouar Brahem

Set decoration
Claude Bennys

PRODUCTION : Cinétéléfilms VENTE A L’ETRANGER : Fortissimo Film Sales

Awards

Mention spéciale Caméra d’Or