festival program / Knight Marimbas Award

Arab Blues


Tunisia set off a wave of change known as the Arab Spring in 2012 and in Manele Labidi's delightful debut comedy we get a window into how rapid social changes are affecting Tunisian society through the wonderfully-drawn offbeat characters we meet in Arab Blues.

After years of living in France, Selma (played by the luminous Golshifteh Farahani) decides to return to her hometown of Tunis to open her own practice as a psychoanalyst. She gets a great deal more than she bargained for when a cast of colorful new patients begins to show up for treatment.

In this sophisticated comedy, Labidi opens a fascinating window into modern Tunisia at a crossroads, with a story of contrasts, contradictions and culture clashes, full of vitality and humor.

This screening is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and sponsored by TV5MONDE USA.

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SilverSpot Cinema 12

SilverSpot Cinema 11

Director Bio

Manele Labidi is a French-Tunisian writer-director. Her first short film, "A Room of My Own" is a tragicomic variation on Virginia Woolf's famous essay. Arab Blues (19) is Labidi's first feature film.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Manele Labidi
  • Producer(s)
    Jean-Christophe Reymond
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Manele Labidi, Maud Ameline
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Lauren Brunet
  • Composer
    Flemming Nordkrog
  • Cast
    Golshifteh Farahani, Majd Mastoura, Aïcha Ben Miled, Feriel Chamari, Hichem Yacoubi, Najoua Zouhair, Jamel Sassi, Ramla Ayari

Film Info

  • Year
  • Category
  • Original Title
    Un divan à Tunis
  • Country
  • Run-Time
    88 min
  • Language
    French, Arabic
  • Subtitles