THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN | Abdellatif Kechiche (2007)
24, 25, 26 February | 7pm
151’ | French, Arabic, Russian | France | Drama | UR
Kechiche’s awarding winning film, The Secret of The Grain, follows Slimane Beiji a Tunisian immigrant who is dismissed after 35 years as a shipyard worker in the port of Sète. Ashamed that he can no longer provide for his family, he buys an old boat and opens up a restaurant that features his ex-wife’s couscous recipe as the signature dish. Along the way he faces contemptuous bankers, disapproving government workers and relentless urgings from his sons to return to his home country. His only supporter is from Rym, his loving daughter played by award-winning Hafsia Herzi. The film plunges into the heart of a changing culture, the trials and tribulations of a man and his family, and the dreams worth fighting for.