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Arab Blues – POSTPONED

April 16 @ 7:00 pm

Arab Blues – POSTPONED

With our community, patrons and volunteers in the forefront of our decision, we are POSTPONING our April screenings.

We will provide an update as we move through this unprecedented time and look forward to resuming our monthly programming when the threat of the COVID-19 virus has passed. Thank you for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Barrie Film Festival

Screenings are Postponed: new date to be announced
Location: Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop St. W., Barrie

Written and Directed by: Manele Labidi
Principal Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Majd Mastoura, Feriel Chamari and Ramla Ayari
Comedy, PG – coarse & sexual language; violence, 88 minutes, Language: French, Arabic with English subtitles (France/Tunisia)



“Via a colourful array of characters still getting their bearings post-Arab Spring, first-time writer-director Manele Labidi packs a lot of affectionate observations into a compact running time.” – Lisa Nesselson, Screen International

Writer-director Manele Labidi delights with her feature debut, a meditation on independence, community, and new beginnings. After 10 years of living in Paris, Selma (Golshifteh Farahani) has returned to Tunis. Her younger cousin can’t figure out why she’d leave the French capital, her aunt is overbearing, and her uncle is only giving her a matter of weeks to crash in the apartment above their house. Selma, nonetheless, is steadfast in her resolve: to open up her own psychotherapy practice. There isn’t just the matter of finding interested patients in a locale that’s not keen on the talking cure. She also needs to navigate a confusing bureaucratic circus in order to get the right papers to run her practice. On top of all that, a strapping — albeit unbending — cop, Naim (Majd Mastoura), is keeping a close eye on her every move. Farahani gives a powerful and compelling performance. She hits all the comic beats and deftly inhabits a character, who above all, wants to do what’s right. This film develops with an irresistible charm while not sidestepping bigger questions about both a country and a woman at a crossroads.


Nominee, New Voices Grand Jury Prize, Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2020
Nominee, Best Film, Stockholm Film Festival, 2019
Nominee, Best Film, Valladolid International Film Festival, 2019




Individual Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors/Students $8
(prices include HST)

Advance tickets are available online here, or at the door on screening night at Uptown Theatre box office.

Notes for online ticket sales delivery:
Select “Will Call” if you wish to pick up your tickets at box office on day of screening; or “E-Delivery” to receive a digital file of your ticket (pdf) which can then be printed at home or scanned off your smart phone.



April 16
7:00 pm


Barrie Film Festival


Uptown Theatre
55 Dunlop St. W.
Barrie, Ontario L4N 1A3 Canada
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