Film Director Ihsen Kammoun wanted his first destination to be El Kef to shoot some scenes of his new film “The Road to El Kef”, Produced by Eqlae California.
The café of Sidi Makhlouf in El Kef was chosen by Ihsen Kammoun to shoot these scenes.
Speaking to media, Director Ihsen Kammoun, who is living in the United States of America, said that “he and Writer Charles Hall wanted a film that has direct concerns with people”.
“As I am a native Tunisian I wanted to make a film with a story that I have already experienced, something more personal… so the idea has grown”, he said adding that “we made a research on the background of the story and how it could be to have an impact on the Tunisian cinephile.”
According to IMDb, Ihsen Kammoun is a writer, director and producer. He’s a visionary with a passion to illustrate with words, images and sounds. In 2009, he sparked a music video production trend in the independent Tunisian music scene.
He founded Eqlae; a motion picture and sound originator that is based in California, USA. Their outreach is global in scope. “Lift-Off” is the meaning of “Eqlae” in Arabic. His work serves as a vessel for everyone and anyone to inspire elevation with deeds rather than race, colour or social status.
Film Director Ihsen Kammoun chose Fares Landoulsi in the Main role saying “I know him since his performance in the Netflix series “Messiah”. We met as he often moves to the USA.
When writing the story I imagined actor Fares Landoulsi to be in the main role of the film in the character of ”Karim” because he is close to his age and his character. The role has lots of making in facial expression.
In a statement to TunisianMonitorOnline Film star Fares Landoulsi said: “it was a great experience especially the fact of having performed with new technologies such as the camera ARRI ALEXA MINI LF and the Zeiss supreme…”
“It was also wonderful to come back to Tunisia to shoot this new film experience. But what enhanced this experience is the enriching meeting with the talented actor Ahmed Hefiane, who is my father in the film,” he indicated, voicing the pleasure to be “pleasantly surprised to discover the flame that the film making team has which includes young Tunisian brave and talented technicians.”
Talking about Film Director Ihsen Kammoun, Fares Landoulsi said: “It was a pure artistic performance to work with Ihsen Kammoun the director and producer of the film.”
He said that the film Director told him that: “the film was written for me as he discovered me in the series Messiah on Netflix which led him then to adjust his script written by the talented Charles hall”.
“I would like to thank this beautiful El kef that reserved the whole team of the film a warm welcome not to mention the Tunisian security forces that helped us make this shoot possible,” Fares Landoulsi said.
Farès Landoulsi is an actor, known for Messiah (2020), Face à la Mer (2014) and Omertà (2018).
After completing high school, Fares Landolsi joined the Tunis Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts from 2013 to 2015.
He was selected among 3,000 candidates to win one of 15 fully-paid places at the prestigious Cours Florent drama school in Paris, which he attended from 2015 to 2017.