TCAFF: The Narrow Frame of Midnight


Walker Cinema Sun, Nov 8, 2015 3:00 PM
Walker Cinema Sun, Nov 8, 2015 7:30 PM
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
English Title:TCAFF: The Narrow Frame of Midnight
Program:Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
Hosted Events
Release Year:2014
Runtime:93 min
Type:Feature Narrative
Festivals & Awards:Special Jury Prize, Plein les Yeux Frans Film Festival, 2015
United Kingdom
Director:Tala Hadid
Producer:Khadija Alami
Joslyn Barnes
Cat Villiers
Cinematographer:Alexander Burov
Editor:Joelle Hache
Principal Cast:Khalid Abdalla
Marie-Josée Croze
Fadwa Boujouane
Hocine Choutri
Majdouline Idrissi
Screenwriter:Tala Hadid


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Post-film discussion with director Tala Hadid

Orphan Aïcha (Boujouane) is a survivor. Sold from her home in the Atlas Mountains to Abbas (Choutri), a petty criminal traveling with his girlfriend Nadia (Idrissi), Aïcha uses her wit and determination to escape. When Abbas’ car breaks down, (The Kite Runner’s Khalid Abdalla), a Moroccan-Iraqi writer in search of his missing brother, picks up the trio, eventually helping Aïcha to escape into the care of his former lover, Judith (Marie-Josee Croze). Shifting between reality and dreams, across Morocco, Istanbul, and the plains of Kurdistan, The Narrow Frame of Midnight is moving story of politics, compassion, and hope.


Tala Hadid is writer, director and photographer, whose first feature-length documentary film Sacred Poet concerned Pier Paolo Pasolini. Her short film “Tes Cheveux Noirs Ihsan” received an Academy Award, won the Panorama Best Short Film Award at the Berlin Film Festival, the Kodak/Cinecolor Prize, Best Film and Best Actress at Tangiers National Film Fest, and awards from the Global Film Initiative, the Milos Forman grant, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Hadid’s work has screened, among other venues, at the MoMA in NYC, L’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Goteberg Kunsthalle in Sweden, the Goethe Institute/Cairo, the Los Angeles County Museum, la Cinémathèque Française in Paris, and the Photographer’s Gallery in London. In 2012 she was awarded the Peter S. Reed Foundation Arts grant in support of her work, most specifically “House in the Fields”, a documentary film project of rural life in the Atlas mountains in Morocco. In the autumn of 2013, the Fine Art photography publisher Stern published a volume of a selection of Hadid’s photographs as part of its Stern Fotografie Portfolio emerging photographers.