Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces
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- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 24, 2004
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: CAMERA ARABE - Feature-length Documentary by Ferid Boughedir
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Still Gallery
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Mustapha Adouani, Rabia Ben Abdallah, Mohammed Driss, Helene Catzaras, Fatma Ben Saidane, Abdelhamid Gayess, Carolyn Chelby & Kemal Touati|
|Directed by||Férid Boughedir|
|Screenwriting by||Férid Boughedir|
|Composition by||Anouar Braham|
|Director of Photography:||Georges Barsky|
...An elegantly and gracefully written film....A surprise delight...
...One of the most exquisitely told coming-of-age tales imaginable. Boughedir's graceful, supple style expresses his affection for the ancient Halfouine quarter of Tunis...
Los Angeles Times
...A straightforward, unsentimental picture....Successfully spare...
New York Times
A young Muslim boy comes of age in Tunisia, experiencing his awakening sexuality and the challenges of adulthood in this warmhearted comedy from Tunisian director Ferid Boughedir. Based in part on his own adolescent experiences, the film follows young Halfouine, a thirteen year-old boy whose baby face hides his already burgeoning sexuality. Unfortunately, Halfaouine's deeply conservative neighborhood, he resides in a very old section of Tunis, strictly forbids sexual curiosity. However, his young looks give him the chance to keep going to the Turkish bath with his mother, where he watches in amazement as the women of the town unselfconsciously lounge naked in his presence. Unfortunately, he is soon banished from the bath for staring at a local beauty. So, Halfouine's interests turn to a young orphan girl comes to stay with his family, beginning a relationship that changes the course of his life.
A twelve-year-old Tunisian boy named Noura finds himself torn between the protective, gentle world of women that he has known as a child and the rough, harsh world of men that he is now ready to join. "Halfaouine" explores the brief, magical moment when a teen has access to both realms -- before the line to adulthood is irrevocably crossed.
- "Halfaouine" was filmed in the Halfaouine district in Tunis, known for its public square, its mosque, and its market area.
- Ferid Boughediur is best known as an Arabian and African film critic and is the director of two documentary films, "Camera D'Afrique" (1983) and "Camera Arabe" (1987). He is making his feature-film directorial debut with "Halfaouine".
- Winner Best Feature Award, 1991 African Film festival
Winner Silver Hugo Award for Best First Feature Film, 1991 African Film Festival.
Winner Siff Best Director Award, 1991 African Film Festival.
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