Thu 6 July 2017, 8.30pm
Screening and Q&A with Director Ala Eddine Slim
Dir. Ala Eddine Slim
Tunisia, 2016 (95 mins)
10% off 2 screenings
15% off 3 or more screenings
for Shubbak films at the Barbican
London, EC27 8SE
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Distinctive and bold, Tunisian director Ala Eddine Slim tells the story of ‘N’, an anonymous sub-Saharan man on a journey to Europe. He crosses the desert in order to reach North Africa and be smuggled into Europe but after being a victim to a hold-up, he finds himself alone in Tunisia. He decides to cross the sea by himself, steals a small boat and embarks on his crossing journey. When his boat breaks down in the middle of the sea, a very different journey begins. He travels to different, infinite spaces, makes ephemeral yet intense encounters, and meets an altered image of himself.
Reflecting on the question of borders and contemporary solitude, Ala Eddine Slim oscillates between a recognisable reality and magical realism as N finds himself in an enchanted – perhaps imaginary – territory.
In director Ala Eddine Slim’s own words: “The project The Last of Us is a sequel of my previous films. It is a continuity of research in the themes that are of importance to me: the problems of borders, imaginary territories, contemporary solitude, vagrancy, the issues of crossing and of the human nature in all its facets…”
The Last of Us was lauded at Venice Film Festival for its unpredictable narrative, striking cinematography and layered boundary pushing reflection on migration today.
Tunisian director Ala Eddine Slim has experimented with form and content across genres, documentary and video series. His award-winning work has screened at festivals including FID Marseille and Clermont Ferrand, as well as at MoMA in New York, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Shubbak’s film programme is presented in partnership with the Arab Fund for Art and Culture – AFAC and the Barbican, with additional support from Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, British Council and Molinare.