Ali inherits the debts of his father and must take on risky work assignments to support his two younger sisters. A striking debut feature and tale of the burning anger – and the lost dreams – that fueled the Arab Spring.
Dreaming of a better life, Ali makes a precarious living selling contraband gas on the streets of Tunisia. Forced to take charge of his two younger sisters after their father’s sudden death, and facing impending eviction, Ali will have to make a decision from which there is no turning back. What ensues is a fight for dignity, the voice of a generation trying to be heard.
«A blistering feature debut that highlights the daily indignities apt to drive a human to an act of desperation.» – Alissa Simon, Variety
In connection with the screening of Harka on Friday 17th of March at 18:15 there will be a reception where we serve some Tunisian appetisers at 17:30. This is done in partnership with the Tunisian Embassy in Oslo.
Lotfy Nathan is a filmmaker who graduated in 2009 from Maryland Institute College of Art with a focus in painting. It was during his studies at MICA that he began to pursue film, which has since become his primary focus. Lotfy’s first film 12 O’Clock Boys (2013), for which he was awarded an HBO emerging artist award, has played at over 50 international film festivals. Harka is Nathan’s fictional debut and was a stand-out in last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
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Original title حرقة
Country Tunisia, France, Germany
Director Lotfy Nathan
Screenplay Lotfy Nathan
Cinematography Maximilian Pittner
Cast Adam Bessa, Najib Allagui, Salima Maatoug, Ikbal Harbi, Khaled Brahem
Runtime 1h 27m
Age limit 15
This film is in competition for the Audience Award.