Journey to Tunis
Journey to Tunis
In April 1914, Paul Klee, August Macke and Louis Moilliet traveled from Lyon to Marseilles then on to Tunis, Sidi Bou Said, Hammamet and Kairouan.
During the journey, Paul Klee kept a diary of written notes and drawings. This trip to a faraway land with enticing new light and exotic color became a milestone in the history of modern painting. Nearly a hundred years later, Tunisian filmmaker Nacer Khemir and director Bruno Moll retrace these painters' footsteps. Nacer Khemir also discusses the culture and history of Tunis, his home country, and how the men's journey influenced not only Paul Klee and August Macke but European culture as a whole. Khemir shows the shapes and colors, the light and shadow of Tunisia, a country that fascinated and inspired Paul Klee. Along the way he also explores the relationship between the occidental and oriental cultures. Journey to Tunis also draws parallels between the Tunisian filmmaker and his European colleagues, comparing the inherent cultural and artistic similarities and differences.
Title: Journey to Tunis
Original Title: Die Tunisreise – Aus dem Tagebuch von Paul Klee
Language versions: Various languages with English subtitles; Various languages with French subtitles
Country: Switzerland, Austria
Length: 76 min
Color: Black and white/color
Director: Bruno Moll
Screenplay: Bruno Moll, Nacer Khemir
Cinematography: Matthias Kälin
Editing: Anja Bombelli
Sound: Martin Witz
Sound Mix: Werner Grasmugg, Audiokraftwerk
Featuring: Nacer Khemir
Production: Fama Film AG, Primsa Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH, Schweizer Fernsehen, ORF, Albertina Wien, Rolf Schmid, Mathias Forberg, Regula Begert
Age Recommendation: 12
Supported by: Bundesamt für Kultur, EDI, Sektion Film, Berner Filmförderung, sokultur/Lotteriefonds Kanton Solothurn, Teleproduktionsfonds, Succés passage antenne
Miscellaneous: Narrated by: Christoph Betulius Venus Madrid film excerpts: “Les Baliseurs du désert” (1982), “Le collier perdu de la colombe (1989), “Bab'Aziz” (2005)
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