“A Summer in La Goulette” - Un été à la Goulette, a French movie directed by Ferid Boughedir, capturing the heterogeneous character of Tunisia in 1967 will be screened at Alliance Francaise, Colombo at 3 pm on Tuesday, August 10 and at 6.30 pm on Wednesday August 11. It’s set in La Goulette, the port north of Tunis where tourists flock in the summer, seeking beaches and sea breezes.
Three young women, best friends -Muslim Meriem (Sonia Mankai), Jewish Gigi (Sarah Pariente) and Sicilian Catholic Tina (Ava Cohen-Jonathan)- vow to lose their virginity before the summer is out. Their families live in the same apartment building, owned by the greedy Hadj (Gamil Ratib) who has eyes for Meriem. Their fathers -Youssef (Mustapha Adouani), Jojo (Guy Nataf), and Guiseppe (Ivo Salerno), respectively- are old friends. But the ladies’ scandalous plans and choice of boyfriends causes a rift between the men. The film captures working class Tunisian life and the pleasures of the Mediterranean summer at a particular time: after colonialism and before the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, after which most Tunisian Jews left the country.
In French and Arabic with English subtitles, the film is suitable for persons of 15 years and over.