True Story

Delivered from the dead carcass of her mama, she had only a few weeks to live due to the unique deformity of which she is affected.
Persuaded that this freak is a work of a dark force, her aunt "Wahida" had no choice but to venture the way of black magic, a path strewn with uncertainty, a dimension of which she is not even aware.

  • Amine Lakhnech
    Director
  • Amine Lakhnech
    Writer
  • Riadh Thabet
    Producer
  • Amine Lakhnech
    Producer
  • Selma Thabet
    Executive Producer
  • Ons Kerkeni
    Production Manager
  • Lobna Noomen
    Key Cast
    "Wahida"
  • Mounira Zakraoui
    Key Cast
    "The devil"
  • Amira Essid
    Key Cast
    "The girl"
  • Youssef Oueslati
    First Assistant Director
  • Mehrez Tabka
    Director of photography
  • Khalil khoudhja
    Production design
  • Saif Kechrid
    Original music
  • Amal Attia
    Sound design
  • Samy Gharbi
    Sound Mixer
  • Nihel Ben Tanfous
    Make up artist
  • Slim Chebil
    Costumes Design
  • Ymen Chakroun
    Costumes Design
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    33,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Tunisia
  • Country of Filming:
    Tunisia
  • Language:
    Arabic
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:39
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Les Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage - JCC 2019
    Carthage
    Tunisia
    November 3, 2019
    World Premiere
    WINNER : Golden Tanit for best short film.
  • Alexandria short film festival
    Alexandria
    Egypt
    January 30, 2020
    Egyptian Premiere
    Winner : Egyptian film critic's association award for BEST SHORT FILM
  • 17th Bogotā Short Film Festival
    BOGOTA
    Colombia
    December 4, 2019
    América
    Official Selection F3 Fanàtico Freak Fàntastico
  • Festival del Cinema Africano, d'Asia e America Latina
    Milan
    Italy
    March 15, 2021
    Italy
    Special Mention
  • LES NUITS MED DI U FILMU CORTU
    CORSE
    France
    July 24, 2020
    Winner : Prix Technique
  • FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM PANAFRICAIN
    Cannes
    France
    October 21, 2020
    France
    Official selection
  • The Monochrome Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 12, 2019
    Euro Premiere
    Winner : Best Film - Best scifi/Fantasy
  • INDIESHORT Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 20, 2019
    USA
    Winner : Best Foreign Language Short / Best Fantasy short / Best First time director
  • TMFF
    Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    October 31, 2019
    Official selection
  • Global Shorts
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 30, 2019
    USA
    Special Mention
  • Lumières d’Afrique
    Besançon
    France
    November 14, 2020
    Official selection
  • FESTIVAL MAGHRÉBIN DU FILM
    Ouejda
    Morocco
    December 6, 2020
    Best Director Award
  • Fixion Fest, Festival de Cine Fantástico y de Terror

    Chile
    January 24, 2021
    Official Sélection
  • Festival Maghrébin du Film OUJDA
    OUJDA
    Morocco
    November 25, 2020
    Best Director
Director Biography - Amine Lakhnech

Amine was born in May 1988 in northern Tunisia. For years he has produced and directed projects between Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco.
As a self-taught filmmaker, he went through an unlikely path that led him to the creation of his own production company, AntWorks visuals.
Today, Amine focuses on his career as a director, his first film TRUE STORY is winning multiples awards in diverse film festivals, meanwhile, Amine finalizes the script of other projects including his first feature film.

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Director Statement

This project represents two main concerns for me:
It's is an experimentation of the sum of my influences, between comics, Dark arts and cinema, going through my veneration for the theatrical directing style, and it's also a disclosure, an expression of anger which is the true motivation behind such a project.
This is a story coming straight from the anxieties of a freethinker evolving in an environment where we never accept differences.

True Story is my first free creation, an internal journey that I tried to translate on screen, a story that I simply had to tell to get rid of these characters who haunted me for a while.

It's somehow a confession told in the most spontaneous and instinctive form possible.