the wedding song
by Karin Albou
Casting: Lizzie Brochere, Olympe Borval, Simon Abkarian et Najib Oudghiri
Production: 2008 – 100’ – in coproduction with france 3 cinema
French distribution et international sales: pyramide
Ottawa Film Festival : Jury’s award
Young directors festival of Saint Jean de Luz : Audience award, two male performance award.
Festival du cinéma méditerranéen de Montpellier : Eclair award and jury’s special mention
Arab film festival of Fameck : Press award
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.