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Tunisian-French-Swedish co-production ‘Beauty and the Dogs’ heading to Cannes

The Tunisian-French-Swedish co-production Beauty and the Dogs has been selected for the Un Certain Regard at this years Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania, Beauty and the Dogs tells the story of the young, Tunisian student Myriam who, after a night out, is raped by three policemen. Despite the trauma, Myriam is determined to go to the police. But what can be done when your perpetrator is your only chance?

Kaouther Ben Hania’s feature film debut was The Challat of Tunis (2013), which was also screened at Cannes. Her latest feature film Zaineb Hates the Snow was shown at the film festival in Gothenburg this year.

Beauty and the Dogs is a co-production by Cinetelefilms, Tanit Films, Laika & Television AB (Andreas Rocksén), Chimney and Film i Väst. It has received funding from the Swedish Film Institute’s former feature film commissioner Suzanne Glansborg and received an initial development grant at Malmö Arab Film Festival in 2015.

Sweden has previously competed with films like You, the Living by Roy Andersson (2007), Force Majeure by Ruben Östlund (2014) and White God by Kornél Mundruczós (2014).

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.