Tunis, 1942. Nour and Myriam, both sixteen years old, have been friends since childhood. They share the same house in a humble neighbourhood where Jews and Muslims live in harmony. Each secretly desires the other’s life: while Nour regrets not going to school like her friend, Myriam dreams of love. She is jealous of Nour’s engagement to her cousin Khaled, who is, to her eyes, a kind of Prince Charming. Unfortunately, Khaled can’t find work. The engagement lasts longer than planned and the perspective of intimacy becomes more remote.
In November 1942, the German army enters Tunis. Following the French Vichy government’s policy, the Nazis subject the Jewish population to harsh penalties. Tita, Myriam’s mother, no longer has the right to work. Laden with debts, she decides to marry her daughter off to a rich doctor. Myriam suddenly sees her dreams of love vanish. –uniFrance
As a child, Karin Albou was always encouraged to be an artist : She did dance, singing … After high school, Karin studied for two years different fields such as literature, English, dance, drama class, without really knowing what to choose. Then she enrolled in a film school in Paris in order to become a screenwriter and discovered during her studies that she wanted above and beyond all to be a director. She made her first short film right after school, which confirmed her vocation. Then she spent a few years working on a documentary about Tunisia, where she lived. There, she also made her second short film « Aid el kebir » a love story that takes place in Algeria, her family’s country.
Little Jerusalem, her first feature, won the price of best screenplay in 2006 Cannes film festival (Critic’s week section), and was twice nominated for the French Academy « Cesar » The Wedding Song, is her second feature and has already won several prizes in French festivals and abroad. —San Francisco… read more