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A Tale Of Love And Desire + Conversation

Reclaim The Frame + T A P E Collective

Fri 27 Jan 2023


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DS + Live Captions


£8* Standard | £5* Student / Under 25s



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A Tale Of Love And Desire + Conversation

Dir. Leyla Bouzid
2021 | 102 mins | France, Tunisia
French, Arabic with English subtitles
Sami Outalbali, Zbeida Belhajamor, Diong-Kéba Tacu


  • Fri 27 Jan: 6pm + Conversation – Descriptive Subtitles + conversation with live captions

In collaboration with T A P E and Birds’ Eye View we present a special screening of A Tale Of Love and Desire, written and directed by Leyla Bouzid.

A Tale of Love and Desire, written and directed by Leyla Bouzid, follows Ahmed, a 18-year old French Algerian, who meets Farah, a young Tunisian girl. He discovers a collection of sensual and erotic Arab literature and falls in love with Farah as he tries to resist the desire he feels for her, clashing with the moral compass he’s set for himself and tries to impose on others.

About Found In Translation:
T A P E presents a season of special screenings and events celebrating the incredible work of Isabel Sandoval, US-based Filipina filmmaker and actress, and Tunisian screenwriter-director Leyla Bouzid. We will be screening two of their recent films: Lingua Franca and A Tale of Love and Desire as part of 12 special events that will be presented in partnership with writers and poetry collectives in venues across the UK.

Found in Translation is made possible with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery in order to bring this project to more audiences across the UK.

About Reclaim The Frame x International:
Reclaim the Frame x International aims to support culturally diverse women & non-binary filmmakers from 5+ countries through the circulation of works, collaboration and a professional development programme. With the shared mission to increase gender diversity and inclusion in cinema, Birds Eye View (UK) and Regards de femmes: festival international de film de femmes (Tunisia) are part of a a network which advocates and builds audiences for films by women & non-binary creatives.

British Council’s International Collaboration Grants aim to support UK and overseas cultural partnerships to develop digital, face-to-face and hybrid artistic projects.

Reclaim The Frame x International is funded by the British Council’s International Collaboration Grants, which are designed to support UK and overseas organisations to collaborate on international arts projects.

We are pleased to present A Tale Of Love And Desire along with the anthology We Wrote in Symbols, edited by Selma Dabbagh.

Selma Dabbagh and contributors to the anthology will offer us an insight into the long tradition of erotic writing in Arabic Literature.

About Selma:
Selma Dabbagh is a British Palestinian writer of fiction whose debut novel Out of It was a Guardian Book of the Year. Dabbagh’s BBC R4 play The Brick was nominated for the Imison Award, and her writing has been published in Granta and Wasafiri, and translated into several languages.


All screenings of TOVE are presented in collaboration with Reclaim The Frame – a mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women to widen and enrich cinema’s perspective of the world, run by charity Birds’ Eye View, and backed by the BFI’s Audience Fund. Visit the website to learn more and join the #ReclaimTheFrame mission and to receive free cinema tickets, discount codes and other film goodies.


Directed by a woman, written by a woman and starring a significant woman.

F-Rating is a new rating for films directed by women, written by women and/or with significant female characters on screen, in their own right. Find out more here >>


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