The French-Tunisian film Jassad Gharib (Foreign Body) is set to screen in Berlinale Film Festival’s Forum section.
Launched 47 years ago, the Forum section of the festival features avant-garde, experimental works, political reportage, and other unconventional works.
It is described on the festival’s website as the “most daring section of the Berlinale.”
Jassad Gharib is in fact a daring film.
The 2016 drama was written and directed by Tunisian director Raja Amari, and follows the story of the young irregular immigrant Samia, who runs away to France after denouncing her extremist brother to authorities.
She first finds refuge at former acquaintance Imed’s house, and goes on to work for the rich widow Leila. Through Samia’s journey, with the tensions and desires she faces along the way, the film sheds light on an irregular immigrant’s struggle.
Tunisian director and script writer Raja Amari graduated in 1998 from the French FEMIS (Institut de Formation et d’Enseignement pour les Metiers de l’Image et du Son) institute in Paris.
Her first film Avril (April, 1998) was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Milano Film Festival and at the Tunis Short Film Festival as well as the Best Cinematography Award at the International Short Film Festival in Greece.
Her most prominent works include Satin Rouge (Red Satin, 2002) which was screened at the 2002 Berlinale and was awarded Best Feature Film at the Torino Film Festival and Buried Secrets (2009), which was selected for the Venice International Film Festival.
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