After studying for several years in France, Selma opens her own psychotherapy practice in a popular suburb of Tunisia, just after the social and political revolution of the Arab Spring takes place. Although the beginnings are difficult, the demand for her services soon begins to exceed her capabilities. In order to keep her business growing, she needs a special type of certification that she does no have. While trying to complete the red tape needed to fulfill her dream, Selma reencounters a past that she believed she had left behind.
Manele Labidi is a French-Tunisian writer/ director. She studied politics and economics and worked in finance for a few years before deciding to become a filmmaker. She has been involved in different writing and directing projects for the theater, radio and for TV series. Her first short film, A Room of my Own, is a tragicomic variation on Virginia Woolf’s essay. In 2016, she took part in a screenwriting program at La Fémis in Paris. Arab Blues (2019), her first feature film, won the Audience Award in Venice’s Giornate degli Autori section.
Saturday 19: Cervantes Theater, 7.30pm (Press preference
Sunday 20: Calderón Theater, 4 pm
Monday 21: Carrión Theater, 10.30 pm