Modern Films announces UK theatrical release for Erige Sehiri’s ‘UNDER THE FIG TREES’

Modern Films has announced that Tunisia’s 2023 official Oscar® submission, UNDER THE FIG TREES, from director Erige Sehiri, will be released in UK cinemas from 19 May 2023.

Directed by Erige Sehiri from a screenplay by Erige Sehiri, Ghalya Lacroix, and Peggy Hamann, the film stars Fide Fdhili, Feten Fdhili, Ameni Fdhili, Samar Sifi, Leila Ouhebi, Hneya Ben Elhedi Sbahi, Gaith Mendassi, Abdelhak Mrabti, Fedi Ben Achour, and Firas Amri.Set over the course of one day in a fig orchard, Sehiri’s naturalistic drama and first feature film, UNDER THE FIG TREES (Sous Les Figues), saw its World Premiere in the Directors Fortnight competition at Cannes Film Festival 2022 and has since been selected for diverse international festivals, including the BFI London Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

Among the trees, young women and men working the summer harvest develop new feelings, flirt, try to understand each other, find – and flee – deeper connections.Developed in collaboration with a group of non-professional actors from Kesra, a fig-growing region of Tunisia, this fictional debut invites us to spend a warm day with a group of students working in the orchards over the course of a summer, learning to appreciate that picking figs is a task that cannot be rushed. The languid pace of their activity allows for time to gossip, flirt, debate and quarrel, as only teenagers do. Their frank and open dialogue, spoken in local dialect, moves between the trees like a gentle summer breeze. Frida Marzouk’s camera captures these interactions in sympathetic close-up and with a profound sense of naturalism, making us feel as if we were there, taking part in the conversation.

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