A Tale of Love and Desire


Follows Ahmed, an 18-year old, French of Algerian origin, who meets Farah, a young Tunisian girl. He discovers a collection of sensual and erotic Arab literature and falls in love with Farah and he tries to resist the desire.

Screenplay: Leyla Bouzid

Cinematography: Sébastien Goepfert

Editing: Lilian Corbeille

Cast: Sami Outalbali, Zbeida Belhajamor, Samir Elhakim, Diong-Kéba Tacu


Production: Blue Monday Productions, Pyramide International

Leyla Bouzid

Born in Tunisia in 1984. Studied French literature at the Sorbonne, where she joined La Fémis’ Directing department. After working on several award winning short films, she directed her debut feature, “As I Open My Eyes” in 2015. The film was presented at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, before winning more than forty international awards and achieving success during its simultaneous theatrical release in France and Tunisia. “A Tale Of Love And Desire” is her second feature film.

Egyptian Premiere

France, Tunisia, Algeria

Fiction, 2021, Color, 103 min

Film Information

Arabic, French


Leyla Bouzid