Ismael directed Babylon (Grand Prix of the International Film Festival FIDMarseille and University Award DOCLisboa 2012) and Leïla's blues (Directors' Fortnight, Cannes and Special Mention at the Festival of African Cinemas in Montreal). He produced The last of us (Lion of the Future at the Venice Film Festival 2016, Tunisian candidacy for the Oscars 2018). His experimental film Fragments of self-phone-destruction (2018) won an award at the Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris. His first feature film Black Medusa (2021) has been selected for competitions in many festivals: Rotterdam, New Horizons, Lima Alterna, Split, Fantaspoa, Tarifa, etc.Ismael is also a visual artist and author. His work has been shown and/or exhibited at MoMa in New York, the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Bal in Paris, as well as in the galleries Momenta (New York), Talmart (Paris), Le Cube (Rabat), A. Gorgi (Tunis), etc. He has published an essay: Cinema in Tunisia (Tunis, 2008) and a collection of poetry in review: letters to death (Toulouse, 2009).He lives and works between Tunis and Beirut.
Les tournesols de la lune
The strange life of Hayet, from her birth to her death through three moments of life that span the past to the future. 2001, Hayet is born and grows up locked up in the reserved area of Tunis. She discovers the world from the rooftops of the medina. 2011 Revolution, Hayet flees the restricted area and discovers freedom. In 2033, Hayet meets Wahid, a young man as lonely as she is. Together, they discover relationships and human emotions. They are no longer alone.The Sunflowers of the Moon is also the fantasy story between history and anticipation of the city of Tunis.