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Weldi Wins Grand Prix at Festival du Film Mediterraneen de Bastia in France
Weldi by director Mohamed Ben Attia won the Grand Prix at the Festival du Film MÃ©diterranÃ©en de Bastia in France, in coincidence with the film's participation at the BFI London Film Festival. This marks the film's second award in two weeks, since receiving the Tunisian star Mohamed Dhrif for El Gouna Star for the Best Actor at El Gouna Film Festival.
Directed and written by Mohamed Ben Attia, and co-produced by Dora Bouchoucha's Nomadis Images,Les Films du Fleuve and Tanit Films, Weldi stars Mohamed Dhrif, Mouna Mejri, Zakaria Ben Ayed, Imen Cherif, Taylan Mintas and Tarik Copti. The film is distributed by MAD Solutions in the Arab world.
Weldi follows Riadh, who is about to retire from his work as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares with his wife Nazli revolves around their only son Sami, who is preparing for his high school exams. The boy's repeated migraine attacks are a cause of much worry to his parents. But when he finally seems to be getting better, Sami suddenly disappears.
Weldi made its world premiere at this year's edition of the Cannes Film Festival within its Directors' Fortnight section, in addition to taking part in the Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck in France.