A Tale of Love and Desire

Une Histoire d’amour et de désir

62nd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Ahmed, 18, French of Algerian origin, grew up in the suburbs of Paris. At the university, he meets Farah, a young Tunisian girl, full of energy, who has just arrived in Paris. While discovering a corpus of sensual and erotic Arabic literature he never imagined existed, Ahmed falls hard in love with Farah, and although literally overwhelmed with desire, he will try to resist it.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

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Direction: Leyla Bouzid
Script: Leyla Bouzid
Cinematography: Sébastien Goepfert
Editing: Lilian Corbeille
Sound: Nassim El Mounabbih (Sound Engineering), Antoine Baudoin (Sound Editing)
Music: Lucas Gaudin
Actors: Sami Outalbali, Zbeida Belhajamor, Diong-Kéba Tacu, Aurélia Petit, Mahia Zrouki, Bellamine Abdelmalek
Production: Blue Monday Productions
Producers: Sandra Da Fonseca
Co-production: Arte France Cinema
Costumes: Céline Brelaud
Production Design: Léa Philippon
Make Up: Flore Chandes
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: France
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 103'
Contact: Pyramide International

Leyla Bouzid

Leyla Bouzid was born in 1984 in Tunisia and grew up in Tunis. In 2003, she went to Paris to study French literature at the Sorbonne, and then joined La Fémis’ Directing department. After several award winning short films, Leyla directed in 2015 her first feature film, As I Open My Eyes (A peine j’ouvre les yeux). The film was presented at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, before winning more than forty international awards and achieving success during its simultaneous theatrical release in France and Tunisia. A Tale of Love and Desire is her second feature film.


2010 Un Ange passe (short)
2013 Gamine (short)
2015 A peine j’ouvre les yeux | As I Open My Eyes
2021 Une Histoire d’amour et de désir | A Tale of Love and Desire