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I rencontre interview I encounters interview I ‫مقابلـة‬ ‫لقــاءات‬ I rencontre interview I encounters interview I ‫مقابلـة‬ ‫لقــاءات‬ ‫أمعالك؟‬ ‫خالل‬ ‫من‬ ‫خاصة‬ ‫رسالة‬ ‫محتل‬ ‫هل‬ ٠‫الناس‬ ‫مع‬ ‫األحاسيس‬ ‫مشاركة‬ ‫عن‬ ‫خاصة‬ ‫أحبث‬ ‫فإنين‬ ،‫فيمل‬ ‫عىل‬ ‫أمعل‬ ‫عندما‬ ‫إذا‬ ٠‫األخري‬ ‫فييمل‬ ‫موضوع‬ ‫اكن‬ ‫ذاك‬ ‫وباملناسبة‬ ٠‫رهيبة‬ ‫مشاعر‬ ‫آلة‬ ‫السيمنا‬ ،‫ألنه‬ ٠‫الواقعية‬ ‫الرسدية‬ ‫إىل‬ ‫اخليال‬ ‫إضافة‬ ‫فهي‬ ،‫معيل‬ ‫يف‬ ‫ما‬ ‫خاصية‬ ‫جدت‬ ‫و‬ ُ ‫رؤية‬ ‫أردنا‬ ‫إذا‬ ،‫اخليال‬ ‫من‬ ‫يشء‬ ‫فهيا‬ ‫الواقعية‬ ‫احلياة‬ ،‫نظري‬ ‫وجهة‬ ‫ومن‬ I ٠‫ذلك‬ features young Mourad who sees his shrink Dr Beji, as films do not make him cry, flinch or cheer. This film is an homage to cinephiles and the magicof cinema. “24 vérités” refers to 24 frames per second - which is the rhythm of scrolling images in the cinema. I worked with great professional actors, namely Majd Mastoura (Mourad), Sawsen Maalej (Dr. Beji) and Cyrine Gannoun (Manel). The film will be released next September. LG: How did the audience react your three short films, “Une plume au gré du vent”, “La maison mauve” and “Bab Jdid”? SG: I am very happy that my films have been seen all over Tunisia. “Unr plume au gré du vent” was released in festivals but also on TV. “La maison mauve” was screened in mobile cinemas and university hostles. “Bab Jdid” has also participated in several festivals. The audience’s has always been supportive. We can not please everyone, which is interesting as it leads to positive, constructive debates around 1 Selim Gribâa, from architect to filmmaker LG: What was a trigger to become a filmmaker after these long-term studies in architecture? SG: Architecture studies are interesting, I admit, but I have always been fond of cinema. When I was a child, I watched so many movies, American blockbusters of course, but also auteur films. I was the video librabry’s best client to rent VHS at Selim Gribâa - 37 year old self-taught director and unconditional cinema lover, native of Hamam-Lif – quit his job as an architect to fully dedicate himself to his passion of making films. Gribaa made five short films. His first short film «La maison mauve» - released in 2015 - was that time, always looking for new movies. (Laughs) I was a movie addict. LG: When did you decide to change career? SG: I often watched retrospectives and film cycles when I was in Paris. I once attended the British Cinema a retrospective at the George Pompidou Centre and the penny dropped. “The Servant” by Joseph Losey made me want to be behind the camera and express myself through image. screened in India, the United States, Finland and Tanzania. Meeting with filmmaker Selim Gribaa at his last short film release, “24 vérités”. LG: How does your architecture degree help you as a filmmaker? SG: Architecture and filmmaking are very similar. Both jobs manage projects that are a heavy financial burden and require multidisciplinary stakeholders. Film directors have a vision, and they need a technicial crew including the chief operator, LG: Tell us about your background? the sound engineer –just to name a few- in the fulfilment of this vision. Everything I SG: Born and raised in Hammam-Lif - the Banlieue Sud of Tunis - I studied learned during my studies about the history of art, sensitive approaches to rhythm, architecture in Paris, then I was back to Tunis to finish my second cycle degree proportion, colours are also an asset to my job as a director. programme at “l’Ecole d’Achitecture et d’urbanisme en Tunisie” in Sidi Bou Said. A degree in hand, I worked as an architect for some timea then I quit architecture for LG: Tell us about your last short film “24 vérités” cinema. I today am wholly devoted to filmmaking. SG: “24 vérités” is my last short film to date. It’s a 20-minute psychological thriller, produced by my production company “Intage production” and “Ulysson”. The film 168 my films. My short films have travelled the world and won international awards. LG: After having some experience making short films, do you plan to make your first feature film? SG: Absolutely! My next project is a feature film. I am still in the writing process. I hope to start shooting next year. I am so excited! LG: What do you think of Tunisian postrevolution cinema? SG: It is undeniable that the revolution brought a wind of change. I muself am a filmmaker of the revolution. Freedom of expression is essential for a true and authentic cinema. As a matter of fact, our Tunisian films made it to the biggest international festivals and won several awards these last years. I have to admit though that the old pernicious minset that supports mixing culture, politics and business is trying to be back on track - after eight long years fighting for freedom. It mirrors the way some people think of Tunisian cinema as their private property. All this has to end. The wind of change is pushing things forward and there is enough room for everyone. I believe we should seize this opportunity to give the filmmaking industry the chance to shine further. LG: Do your films carry a message? SG: When I make films, I mainly try to communicate emotions to people. Cinema is a magic vehicle for emotions. This is my latest film topic. What makes my work stand out is the fantastic dimension that I give to the narration of reality, as I do consider that real life is fantastic, ony if we wish to see the magic. 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