© Michael Watier-SipaUSA
T he work of the Franco-Tunisian film director Abdellatif Kechiche (Tunisia, 1960) has a small collection feature films, yet a great international recognition. His debut feature film Blame it on Voltaire (2000) won two awards in Venice. Since then, all his films have appeared in the most prestigious festivals in the world. Games of Love and Chance (2004) won a César Award for best director and film, Cuscús (The Secret of the Grain, 2007) was awarded the Special Jury Prize in Venice. However, the biggest recognition came with Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013) worthy of the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Kechiche creates films characterised by the predominance of sensory elements. He is unique in his ability to capture the character’s emotions, with a very particular approach to adolescence, sexual desire or African roots. His latest film, Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017), was presented at Venice and proposes a nostalgic look into young innocence. He is currently working on Mektoub, My Love: Canto Dos.