ismaël, Youssef Chebbi
RIMMA TASMAA KEN ERRIH
Tunisia , 2021, 95′
Nada is a young woman leading a double life. During the daytime she’s quiet and reserved, but after dark she dives into the nightlife of Tunis and picks up men. First, she lets them tell their stories – as she doesn’t speak, she acts as a kind of confidante – then beats the hell out of them. When a new colleague, Noura, arrives at her workplace and Nada finds a mythical knife at the home of one of her victims, events are unleashed over which Nada has less and less control.
(1981, Tunisia) is a director, visual artist and writer. In 2008, he published the essay Cinéma en Tunisie, and in 2009, he published a collection of poems, Lettres à la Mort. He co-directed the documentary BABYLON (2012), together with Ala Eddinne Slim and Youssef Chebbi. With Fateme Ahmadi, he directed the short LEILA’S BLUES (2018), which premiered at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes. For BLACK MEDUSA (2021), he again collaborated with Youssef Chebbi.
(1984, Tunisia) is a musician and filmmaker. In 2010, he directed his first film, the short VERS LE NORD (2010). Together with Mohamed Ismail Louati and Ala Eddinne Slim, he made the documentary BABYLON (2012), about Libyan refugees at the border of Tunisia. The film won the Grand Prix of the International Competition at FIDMarseille. That same year, he released the short film LES PROFONDEURS. BLACK MEDUSA (2021) is his feature film debut, with its world premiere at IFFR 2021. Besides his work in film, Chebbi is the founder and director of Bookmaker Records. His project ASHKAL was selected at Qumra 2021 and at Venice Gap Financing Market 2021.