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Film still from ASHKAL: Two people stand in a shell of a building, in the background you can see the city of Tunis.

Thu 27.04.

  • Director

    Youssef Chebbi

  • Tunisia, France / 2022
    92 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles

  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender
  • Guest: Youssef Chebbi

In the Gardens of Carthage, a new district  where modern buildings are juxtaposed with abandoned sites and wastelands, the body of a caretaker is found calcined in the middle of a construction site. Batal (Mohamed Grayaâ) and Fatma (Fatma Oussaifi) oversee the investigation and begin by questioning the workers of the neighbouring yards. The police quickly conclude suicide by immolation, a gesture of despair. Batal and Fatma refute this thesis. A stunning thriller unfolding in post-revolutionary Tunis to summon the ghosts of pending pasts. ASHKAL draws on the traditions of film noir demonstrating outstanding virtuosity in using light and shadows. The film has toured several festivals around the world and won many prizes since premiering at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media