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Look At Me

  • 96 min
  • Fiction
  • Arabic (Subtitles)
  • Tunisia
Lotfi, a Tunisian immigrant in Marseille, returns to his country to take care of his autistic son after the boy’s mother suffers a stroke. When institutionalizing his son proves difficult, he discovers unexpected ways to connect with his estranged son, thus understanding true fatherhood and coming to terms with his masculinity.
About The Film

Lotfi is a Tunisian immigrant in his forties living in Marseille. Irritable yet lovable, he shares a comfortable life with his pregnant French girlfriend Sophie. His past soon catches up with him when he gets news from his brother in Tunis that his estranged wife has just had a stroke, and he must go back to Tunis to arrange care for his autistic son he abandoned seven years earlier. Lotfi anticipates a quick trip to place him in an institution before returning to France, but when he takes custody of the boy, his inner journey begins. Suddenly, he is pulled back to a place – and a son – he thought he could leave behind. Lotfi stands at a fork in the road, forced to pick between two lives, knowing that the path he chooses will define the man he becomes.

Director Nejib Belkhadi’s artistic journey began as a theatre and film actor, and in 1999, went on to direct television for Canal + Horizons. After founding his production company Propaganda, he made his international debut in 2006 with his feature documentary VHS-Kahloucha. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival before playing in over 50 world class festivals, including Sundance. In 2013, his first narrative feature Bastardo had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and garnered 11 awards at over 30 festivals.

Belkhadi is a Fellow of Film Independent’s Global Media Makers Program, where he developed Look at Me, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. We are thrilled to welcome him back for this Global Media Makers Special Presentation of Look at Me at the LA Film Festival.

Global Media Makers is an innovative mentoring initiative and cultural exchange program that connects international filmmakers with leading U.S. entertainment professionals. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced in partnership with Film Independent.

A Q&A will follow the film with director Nejib Belkadhi and actor Nidhal Saadi.

Director/Writer
  • Nejib Belkadhi
Producer
  • Imed Marzouk
Production Companies
  • Propaganda Productions
  • Mille et Une Productions
Starring
  • Nidhal Saadi, Idryss Kharroubi, Sawsen Maalej
Cinematographer
  • Hazem Berrabah
Editor
  • Malek Chatta

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