Ahmed, 18, French of Algerian origin, grew up in the suburbs of Paris. At the university, he meets Farah, a young Tunisian girl, full of energy, who has just arrived in Paris. While discovering a corpus of sensual and erotic Arabic literature he never imagined existed, Ahmed falls deep in love with Farah, and although literally overwhelmed with desire, he will try to resist it.
She grew up in Tunis and, in 2003, she went to Paris to study French literature at the Sorbonne, and then joined La Fémis’ Directing department. After several award winning short films, Leyla directed in 2015 her first feature film, As I Open My Eyes. The film was presented at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, before winning more than forty international awards and achieving success during its simultaneous theatrical release in France and Tunisia. A Tale of Love and Desire is her second feature film.
Filmography: Una historia de amor y deseo (2021, D'A 2022), À peine j'ouvre les yeux (2015), Zakaria (short, 2013), Gamine (short, 2013), Mkhobbi Fi Kobba (short, 2012), Un ange passe (short, 2010)