Shamt al kushur - Les silences du palais

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The news that Prince Sid'Ali has died suddenly confronts 25-year-old Ali with her past again. During the funeral she visits the palace where she spent her childhood and adolescence and where her mother was a servant. She never knew her father - he may even have been the prince. As she wanders the deserted corridors, the images of her youth return, such as her forbidden friendship with Sarra, daughter of one of the princes, who taught Alia to love the lute. She also re-experiences the painful and silent quest for the identity of her father and remembers her mother, the brave and beautiful Khedija, who protected Alia against the furtive desires of the prince. THE SILENCES OF THE PALACE delicately reveals the lonely life of the women who were locked up for life in an Arab palace, half slaves, half mistresses.

Festivals & awards

Tanit d'Or & Best Actress, Festival de Carthage
Golden Tulip, Istanbul Filmfestival
Special Mention Caméra d'Or Cannes Film Festival
Best First Film Chicago
International Film Critics' Award Fipresci, Toronto

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Original Title
Shamt al kushur - Les silences du palais
Title
Shamt al kushur - Les silences du palais
Directed by
Moufida Tlatli
Country
Tunisia
Year
1994
Screenplay
Moufida Tlatli
Film Editing
Moufida Tlatli
Soundtrack
Anovar Brahem
Cinematography
Youssef Ben Youssef
Sound
Faouzi Thabet
Production Design
Claude Bennys
Production
Cinétéléfilm und Magfilm, Tunesien; Mt Films, Frankreich
Formats
35mm, DVD
Runtime
128 min.
Language
Arabisch/d/f
Cast
Amel Hedhili (Khedija), Hend Sabri (Alia als Kind), Ghalia La-croix (Alia 25 Jahre alt), Najia Ouerghi (Khalti Hadda), Sami Bouajila (Lotfi), Hichem Rostom (Si Bechir)

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Press voices

"Ein atemberaubend schöner Film!"
- SZ

"Ein poetischer und politischer Trip in die hermetische Welt arabischer Frauen!"
- Süddeutsche Zeitung

"Ein kraftvolles Antikriegsdrama!"
- Variety

The London Times :
“Tlatli directs with unforced eloquence: and the rage within the film at women's role in Islamic society appears all the more powerful for being so contained. Compelling.”

The Guardian (Lizzie Francke):
“Extraordinarily poetical debut.”

Premiere :
“Hypnotic and powerful.”

New York Times (Caryn James):
“A fascinating and accomplished film...”


Daily Telegraph :
“This week's most moving film....a quiet, lucid and devastating debut...a small masterpiece.”