Dear Son

 Dear Son

Original name: Weldi
English name: Dear Son
Year: 2018
Run time: 104'
Language: Tunisian, Arabic
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Tunisia, Belgium, France, Qatar
Director: Mohamed Ben Attia
Producer: Dora Bouchoucha, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Nadim Cheikhrouha
Cast: Mohamed Dhrif, Mouna Mejri, Zakaria Ben Ayed, Imen Chérif, Taylan Mintas
Screenplay: Mohamed Ben Attia
Cinematographer: Frédéric Noirhomme
Editor: Nadia Ben Rachid, Hafedh Laaridhi
Sound Designer: Valérie LeDocte, Jean-Stéphane Garbe
Music Composer: Omar Aloulou
Costume Designer: Olfa Attouchi
Production Designer: Fatma Madani
Production Company: Nomadis Images, Les Films du Fleuve, Tanit Films
World Sales: Luxbox
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  • Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2018
  • BFI London FF 2018
  • Chicago IFF 2018
  • Karlovy Vary IFF 2018
  • CPH:PIX 2018

Director's Filmography:

  • Like the others (Short) 2008
  • Mouja (Short) 2008
  • Act 76 (Short) 2011
  • Selma (Short) 2014
  • Hedi 2016

Director's Biography:

Mohamed Ben Attia was born in Tunis in 1976. He studied audiovisual communication at the University of Valenciennes in France. Director of many short films, his notable work includes, Kif Lokhrin(Silver award at FESPACO 2006), and Selma(2014), which was selected in the international competition of Clermont Ferrand Festival and won several awards in various festivals. His debut feature was Inhebbek Hedi (2016) which won the Best First Film Award and the Silver Bear Best Actor at the 2016 Berlinale.


Riadh is about to retire from his work as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares with his wife Nazli revolves around their only son Sami, who is preparing for his high school exams. The boy's repeated migraine attacks are a cause of much worry to his parents. But when he finally seems to be getting better, Sami suddenly disappears…