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Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno

Abdellatif Kechiche / France, Italy / 2017 / 174 min / French

Summer, 1994. Young Amin returns from Paris to his hometown in the south of France, to spend the holidays with family and friends from his childhood. Spending his days with cousin Tony and friend Ophélia at local bars, his parents’ Tunisian restaurant and the beach. Enamoured with the beautiful women who surround him there, he observes them. Meanwhile, his hot-blooded cousin indulges in carnal pleasures. But, as the Arabic saying goes, when it goes for love, the ‘mektoub’ always has the final world.

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Amin, an aspiring screenwriter living in Paris, returns home for the summer, to a fishing village in the South of France. It is a time of reconnecting with his family and his childhood friends. Together with his cousin and his best friend, he spends his time between the Tunisian restaurant run by his parents, the local bars and the beaches frequented by girls on holiday. Enchanted by the many female characters who surround him, Amin remains in awe of these summer sirens while his cousin throws himself into their carnal delights with euphoria. Armed with his camera, Amin seeks inspiration for his screenplays. When it comes to love, only mektoub (“destiny” in Arabic) can decide.

"I would like to restitute to cinema its sacred dimension, the sense of going to the movies as if partaking in a ceremony. Even if many think that this is an illusion, I have the intimately held conviction that cinema is part of a new human era that is a real possibility. And as much as a filmmaker, I am a craftsman of this hope. If I lost this utopian ideal within myself, I would not have the longing to make films." (Abdellatif Kechiche)

Abdellatif Kechiche
Born in 1960 in Tunis (Tunisia). At the age of six Kechiche immigrated with his family to France and grew up in Nice. He first worked as a theatre and screen actor. As an actor he was featured in several film productions in the 1980s. In 2000 Kechiche made his filmmaking debut with Blame It on Voltaire, and won international acclaim in 2007 with The Secret of the Grain. Blue Is the Warmest Colour received Cannes Film Festival's Palm d'Or.

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