Dir. Ramzi Ben Sliman
While trying to impress his crush, a French-Tunisian teenager accidentally becomes the face of the Arab Spring in Paris.
Runtime: 80 min
Languages: French, Arabic
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With the Arab Spring blossoming in the heart of Paris, people take to the streets to show their support. Everyone except 14-year old Marwann, that is. Despite his Tunisian roots, Marwann is too preoccupied with adolescence -- getting his parents off his back, becoming popular at school, and impressing his crush, Sygrid. When Marwann stumbles into a street rally one night and has his picture taken by a journalist, he lands on the cover of the biggest newspaper in France and accidentally becomes the face of the Arab Spring. Marwann is instantly branded as a revolutionary hero and the “cool kid” at his school. To win over Sygritte, Marwann embraces his newfound identity, only to find himself on a journey of self-discovery, first love, and maybe even an actual connection with his roots.
“A provocative comedy about the Tunisian revolt, seen from Paris by a charming and flirty teenager.”
“On point, humorous, and tender.”
“A fun and fresh take on France's Arab diaspora.”
The Hollywood Reporter
“A feel-good tale of love, youth, and teen angst.”
Berlin International Film Festival