Die Welt (image 1)

A smart, funny and emotionally engaging rites-of-passage drama which has the authentic texture of real life

Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

Die Welt 2012

Directed by Alex Pitstra

This laid-back and funny drama reveals a sharp picture of westernised Tunisian youth adrift in the aftermath of the Jasmine Revolution. “Die Welt manages to blend fiction and nonfiction with seamless grace.” — Slant

The Netherlands / Tunisia In Arabic, Dutch and English with English subtitles
80 minutes DCP

Director, Producer

Screenplay

Alex Pitstra
,
Thijs Gloger
,
Abdallah Rezgui

Photography

Thijs Gloger

Editors

Alex Pitstra
,
Thijs Gloger
,
René Duursma

Sound, Music

Renger Koning

With

Abdelhamid Naouara (Abdallah)
,
Mohsen Ben Hassen (Hassan)
,
Rahma Ben Hassen (Ahlem)
,
Ilse Heus (Anna)
,
Judith van der Meulen (José)
,
Kamel Ben Khalfa (Samir)
,
Imed Sassi (Mohamed)
,
Fouad Cheneti (Fouad)
,
Mehdi Cheneti (Mehdi)

Festivals

Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films 2013

“A jovial and laidback – which isn’t to say carefree or careless – portrait of Tunisian youth caught amid myriad social and economic forces, Die Welt manages to blend fiction and nonfiction with seamless grace. Split into chapters, Alex Pitstra’s economical film charts the day-to-day experiences of 23-year-old DVD shop employee Abdallah (Abdelhamid Naouara), who hilariously introduces himself via a longwinded explanation to a customer about the noxious imperialist undertones of Transformers 2Die Welt lets its issues of identity, cross-cultural dialogue, political freedom, and familial strains to emerge naturally from Abdallah’s humdrum routines… Pitstra touches on issues of democracy, materialism, and Tunisia’s hypocritical stances toward male and female sexual conduct with a light, observant touch.” — Nick Schager, slantmagazine.com.

“Alex Pitstra’s debut feature marks the arrival of a new Arab talent to be reckoned with.” — Joseph Fahim, Variety