Une histoire d’amour et de désir

A Tale of Love and Desire

When Farah and Ahmed meet for the first time at the Sorbonne, there is an immediate spark. A literature course on erotic Arabic poetry brings the Tunisian, who has just arrived in Paris, and the Algerian-French secondo closer together. But during their first night together, it becomes apparent that Farah's free-spiritedness and willingness to experiment is at odds with Ahmed's conservative notion of corporeal purity. Overwhelmed by the situation, Ahmed tries to suppress his desire. Using sensual images, director Leyla Bouzid explores various "Arab" notions of sexuality, as well as the complex interstices of love and sex. (Zurich Film Festival)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Une histoire d’amour et de désir (A Tale of Love and Desire, 2021) - À peine j'ouvre les yeux (As I Open My Eyes, 2015) - Zakaria (2013, short) - Gamine (2013, short)
YAAAS! Competition 2022
Leyla Bouzid
France 2021
103 minutes
French / Arabic
OV with German subtitles
Screenplay Leyla Bouzid
Cinematography Sébastien Goepfert
Editing Lilian Corbeille
Sound/Sounddesign Nassim El Mounabbih, Antoine Baudouin, Niels Barletta
Music Lucas Gaudin
With Sami Outalbali, Zbeida Belhajamor, Diong-Kéba Tacu, Aurélia Petit
Producer(s) Sandra da Fonseca
Blue Monday Productions, arte France Cinéma
World Sales
Pyramide International
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Cannes Film Festival 2021