À PEINE J'OUVRE LES YEUX
À PEINE J'OUVRE LES YEUX (As I Open My Eyes)
Director: Leyla Bouzid
Screenplay: Leyla Bouzid and Marie-Sophie Chambon
Cinematography: Sébastien Goepfert
Music: Khyam Allami; song lyrics: Ghassan Amami
Editing: Lilian Corbeille
Production: Anthony Rey, Sandra da Fonseca and Imed Marzouk for Blue Monday Productions, Hélicotronc and Propaganda Production
Italian distribution: Cineclub internazionale distribuzione
Country: Tunisia, France, Belgium, 2015, 102’
Cast: Baya Medhaffar, Ghalia Ben Ali, Montassar Ayari, Lassaad Jamoussi, Aymen Omrani, Deena Abdelwahed, Marwen Soltana, Youssef Soltana, Younes Ferhi, Fathi Akkeri, Saloua Mohammed
Venice International Film Festival, Venice Days, Audience Award
Tunis, 2010. Farah is a beautiful 18 year-old girl, a good student, keen, independent and outgoing.
She is passionate about singing and is a singer in a band called Jouima along with her classmate Inés; on the keyboards, Borhene she’s in love with and who writes the lyrics and plays the oud and other two musicians, Sami and Ska. In their repertoire there are political songs, protest songs, with evocative verses: "As soon as I open my eyes / I see who retires in exile "," Like a night bird / Who tries to escape the inevitable "," We wonder / What we want to unleash. "
These guys like to challenge - despite the warnings of adults, especially Farah’s mother - an oppressive political power, who supervises their movements and their words with a secret and widespread control. Farah will pay dearly for her desire of freedom, but her mother, whom until then had a relationship based on conflicts with, will lend her a hand to make her believe in herself and in her dreams again.
Leyla Bouzid was born in Tunis in 1984. At the age of 18 she moves to Paris to attend first the Sorbonne and later the Fémis. She debuts in 2010 with the short movie Un ange passé. Sobresauts, her graduation short movie, got the Grand Jury Prize at Premier Plans Festival in 2012. A peine j’ouvre les yeux (As I Open My Eyes) is her first feature which premiered in Venice Days.