Une histoire d'amour et de désir de Leyla Bouzid

Leyla Bouzid’s Feature Film bewitches us! In theaters on Wednesday 1st September 2021.


In 2021, Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week chose as its closure feature film a jewel not to be missed: “A Tale of Love and Desire” (Une Histoire d’Amour et de Désir, original title) by Leyla Bouzid.

It is the second feature of the Tunisian director, which first opus, “As I Open My Eyes” (A peine j’ouvre les yeux, original title), astonishing of life, carried at the highest the momentum and the hopes of the Arab Spring in Tunis.

With her newest film, “A Tale of Love and Desire”, which writing had been surrounded by the good cares of the Annual Selection of Le Groupe Ouest, Leyla embarks us at the heart of a highly topical issue: Love within the Muslim world, the erotic power of Arabic literature during centuries, the absolute necessity of making a poem out of desir!

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 deep in love with Farah, and although literally overwhelmed with desire, he will try to resist it. (Pyramide Films)