Life of Marzouk

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Trailer

original title:

VITA DI MARZOUK

directed by:

cinematography:

music:

Marzouk Mejri

production:

Ladoc, Rai Cinema, Dublin Films, France Télévisions, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel

country:

Italy / France

year:

2017

film run:

52’ / 61’

format:

colour

status:

Ready (20/11/2017)

Marzouk’s marriage is falling apart. For the past 20 years, the Tunisian-born musician has been living in Italy, where he married a local girl, Elvira. At her request, he is reluctantly attending marriage guidance counselling sessions, but they seem to be going nowhere. Marzouk and Elvira have two little children, Alia and Jamal. He talks to them in Arabic, in a determined attempt to foster their “Tunisian half”. One summer, he takes them on a trip to his hometown of Tebourba. While the children seem to relish the new adventure of immersing themselves in their dad’s culture, Marzouk is going in the opposite emotional direction, experiencing a new sense of estrangement from his own land, after so many years in exile. In the end, can he belong anywhere, anymore?