Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #56. Meryam Joobeur’s Motherhood
Tunisian Canadian filmmaker Meryam Joobeur‘s fourth short film Brotherhood put her on the map (a Sundance-Clermont selection and Oscar-nominated short) and when the industry took notice Motherhood was put into the development landing coin and support through various organizations including the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where she was awarded the Sundance Institute/NHK Award. The project also landed some Eurimages Fund money. Production would have taken place last year back in Tunisia. This was produced by Leona Films and Tanit Films.
Gist: Salha, a mother gifted with prophetic dreams and visions, lives in an isolated village in Tunisia. When her eldest son’s sudden return from Syria coincides with a series of strange disappearances in their community, Salha’s maternal love is tested and the family faces how guilt can haunt the human spirit.
Release Date/Prediction: We think this is going to Cannes with the Critics’ Week as the best possible bet.