Arab Blues

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Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Original Title:Un divan à Tunis
Programs:Images of Africa
Women & Film
Spotlight: 2020 Vision
Comedy Drama
Women Directors
Women's Rights
Health & Wellness
Culture & Society
Release Year:2019
Runtime:88 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:mk2 films
Director:Manele Labidi
Producer:Jean-Christophe Reymond
Cinematographer:Laurent Brunet
Screenwriter:Manele Labidi
Editor:Yorgos Lamprinos
Composer:Flemming Nordkrog
Principal Cast:Golshifteh Farahani
Majd Mastoura
Aïcha Ben Miled
Feriel Chamari
Hichem Yacoubi


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Back home after having lived in Paris since she was a child, psychoanalyst Selma opens a counseling practice in Tunis only to find her clients are as challenging to her as she is to them.

In this moving comedy of cultures in flux, Arab Blues (Un divan a Tunis) sees Selma, a psychoanalyst, leave the comforts of Paris to return to her childhood home in Tunisia. Determined to bring her craft to a land where shrinks are rare (and desperately needed), Selma finds the going rough—her teenaged niece thinks that Selma’s lost her mind leaving Europe, and a lot of her friends, family, and townsfolk don’t have a clue what exactly she does for a living. Not to mention the local authorities, who cast a suspicious eye on this very Western tradition of psychiatry. With its cast of rich characters, Manele Labidi’s wonderful comedy is at once moving and hilarious.

Director Biography

Manele Labidi

Born in 1982, Manele Labidi is a largely self-taught French-Tunisian writer and director. Her first short film, “A Room of My Own” (“Une chambre à moi”) (2018) is a personal examination of Virginia Woolf’s famous essay. Arab Blues (2019) is her first feature film.


"[F]irst-time writer-director Manele Labidi packs a lot of affectionate observations into compact running time." - Screen Daily