NOTE OF THE PROGRAMMER (IFFR 2017, Rotterdam)
N. travels from Sub-Saharan Africa through the desert and then by boat to Europe, only to end up stranded in a mysterious forest and be confronted by a silent old man. Both contemporary and surreal, Ala Eddine Slim's film explores the boundaries of man, country, nature and cinema.
Two men walk out of the desert. No, it's not the start of a joke. Having fallen victim to criminals, N. finds himself alone in Tunisia, deserted by the gods. How to reach Europe? He steals a boat and heads out to sea, but the boat sinks. From then on, Ala Eddine Slim's dialogue-free debut turns into a fable-like, surreal journey through an unknown, empty land. It is never made explicit how natural or supernatural the events are. N. hikes over hills and through woods, finally meeting a man who could be an older version of himself.
The Last of Us could show the Platonic ideal of a journey; the timeless odyssey of the refugee; a last vision as N. dies after the sinking of the boat or a mythical search for all those refugees who didn't survive the journey. Like Rithy Panh's search for the missing picture of an immense tragedy in The Missing Picture (2013), Ala Eddine Slim is searching for the missing body.
Countries: Tunisia, Qatar, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 95 min
Written, Directed and Edited by : Ala Eddine Slim.
1st Assistant Director : Ali Hassouna.
Cinematographer : Amine Messadi.
Sound Engineer (Sound Design): Moncef Taleb.
Set Designer (Production Design): Malek Gnaoui.
Costume Designer : Rahma Ben Thayer.
Make-up Artist : Nadia Ayed.
Music Composer : Tarek Louati.
Sound Mixer : Yazid Chabbi.
VFX : Tarek El Ouaer.
Drawings : Haythem Zakaria.
Executive Producer : Mohamed Ismail Louati.
Production Manager : Chawki Knis.
Producers : Mohamed Ismail Louati - Kamel Laaridhi - Chawki Knis - Ala Eddine Slim.
Associate Producers : Fawzi Djemal - Omar Ben Ali - Ali Hassouna - Amine Messadi - Moncef Taleb.