Berlinale

Beauty and the Dogs (La belle et la meute)

Synopsis
Mariam just wants to enjoy her night, when a tragic event occurs. Despite the trauma, the pretty Tunisian student is determined to go to the police. But what can be done when your perpetrator is your only hope for justice?

Director’s Note
The hardest part of rape is to speak out against the perpetrator in the hope of being heard. Paradoxically, nobody will listen, they will accuse you: you’re not a victim, you are as guilty as the assailants. What also interests me is the “second rape”, resulting from all the proceedings, from the violence of institutions.The film is made up of 10 long takes, grouped by place. It’s a formal constraint, but the film needs it – as the plan-séquence has the advantage of fully immersing the audience in real time, which is purposefully unbearable.


World premiere
Cannes International Film Festival 2017, Un certain regard


Key festivals and awards
Cannes International Film Festival 2017; Busan International Film Festival 2017; Athens International Film Festival 2017; Sarajevo International Film Festival 2017; BFI London Film Festival 2017, Tunisian Submission for the 91st Academy Awards, Jury Special Prize, Cineuropa Prize, CineMed Brussels 2017

Tunis, 2017
Director: Kaouther Ben Hania
Producers: Cinetelefilm (Tunis), Tanitfilms (France)
European WCF partner: tbc
World sales: Jour2Fete (France)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2016
Funding amount: 20,000 €