Ahmed, 18, French of Algerian origin, grew up in the suburbs of Paris. At the university, he meets Farah, a young Tunisian girl, full of energy, who has just arrived in Paris. While discovering a collection of sensual and erotic Arab literature he never imagined existed, Ahmed falls head over heels in love with Farah, and although literally overwhelmed with desire, he will try to resist it.
Leyla Bouzid, was born in 1984 in Tunis, where she grew up. In 2003, she left for Paris to study French literature at the Sorbonne before studying filmmaking at La Fémis. In 2006 she co-directed her first short film, ‘Sbeh el Khir’, which was followed by her graduation film, ‘Shudders’, which she shot in her country of origin a few months before the revolution. Her next film was ‘Zakaria’ (2013), a short film shot in southern France with non-professional actors. In 2015, her first feature film, ‘As I Open My Eyes’, was awarded at the Venice Film Festival before being selected by Seminci to screen in the Meeting Point section. ‘A Tale of Love and Desire’ is her second feature film.