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Seventh Art is drawn to ‘Honey’

French/Arabic drama of modern Tunisia

Seventh Art Releasing, the relatively young independent arthouse film distributor, has acquired U.S. rights to the film “Honey and Ashes” from Swiss-Tunisian director Nadia Fares at the Sundance Film Festival.

The French/Arabic-language drama follows the stories of three women in present-day Tunisia, who all experience loss, marginalization and frustration as a consequence of the deeply ingrained masculinist tenets of contemporary North African culture.

Seventh Art Releasing VP of theatrical exhibition Maria Bjorkdahl called the film “edgy,” and sees a promising market for the film in its initial L.A., New York and San Francisco destinations.

Fares, who was at Sundance promoting two new projects, completed “Honey” in 1996. The film won several international awards, including San Francisco Intl. Film Festival (SKYY Prize for best first film in 1996) and Locarno Intl. Film Festival (Ecumenical Prize, 1996). The film was not an entry in this year’s Sundance.

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