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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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Ya sultan al-madina/Le sultan de la médina / The Sultan of the Medina
Amongst Friend And Neighbours

Young Ramla is taken by her parents to the city to marry her cousin Bab, to whom she has been promised since childhood. Given that Bab is in prison, his mother Rabha takes her in, deciding to close her in a room until the wedding can take place. During her reclusion, Ramla strikes up a close friendship with Fraj, Rabha's other son. Knowing all of the doors and passageways in the Medina, the traditional Arab city, Fraj sometimes rescues Ramla from her imprisonment and takes her out onto the street. Ramla, who can't stand being locked up and hates the rancid smell and promiscuity of the house, fondles the idea of escaping forever.
Sfax (Tunisia), 1952. Arrived in film from stage directing and puppet shows. His connection to the film club movement soon led him to direct various shorts obtaining excellent critical acclaim: Nid d'aigles (1982), Hammam dhahab (1986), Al-hadhra (1989). His first and only feature film to date, Ya sultan al-madina/Le sultan de la médina (1992), created tremendous controversy and became one of the most accursed works in Tunisian cinema.
Moncef Dhouib
Moncef Dhouib
Ahmed Bennys
Kahena Attia
Hamadi Ben Othman
Kamel Touati, Mouna Noureddine, Ahmed Ben Smaïl, Hélène Catzaras
Running Time
100 m.
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