Following the film’s Tribeca screenings, “As I Open My Eyes” will play at this year’s COLCOA (“City of Light, City of Angels”) and is in competition at the San Francisco International Film Festival. The film also won the Europa Cinemas Label prize as the best European film in the Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section.
The film is set in the summer of 2010, just before the Jasmine Revolution. It depicts the clash between culture and family as seen through the eyes of a young Tunisian woman balancing the traditional expectations of her family with her creative life, as the singer in a politically charged rock band.
Variety‘s Jay Weisberg called the film “a skillfully made drama” in his review. It stars first-time actress Baya Medhaffer.
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Kino Lorber will open the film at New York’s Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on Sept. 9. A digital and home media release is set for early 2017.
The deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Hannah Horner from Doc&Film International.