Viva Paradis

  • Belgium
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Viva Paradis captures a moment in a land, Tunisia, in the midst of transformation; from an abandoned luxury hotel and the ruins of Carthage to the traces of the recent revolution. The fight has been fought, but how to proceed further now? Viva Paradis focuses on the moment after the journalists have left and the overflow of media images has stopped. When the country has lost its news value and the attention has moved on to neighbouring countries where heavy(ier) fights are taking place. It’s also the moment for Tunisians to catch their breath and await the reforms that they have fought for. Everything seems to stand still. At the same time, the first tourists return, in search for the sun, as in the Tunisia of yesterday. Viva Paradis portrays the tension between revolution and tourism, change and conservatism, between the heaviness and lightness of being. Bienvenue à la nouvelle Tunésie ! Welcome to the new Tunisia !


  • Original title
    Viva Paradis
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Isabelle Tollenaere
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Isabelle Tollenaere
  • Editing
    Isabelle Tollenaere & Tom Denoyette
  • Sound
    Kwinten Van Laethem
  • Duration
    18 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Belgium
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • 2011 CPH:DOX, Kopenhagen (DK)
    • 2011 IDFA (NL)
    • 2012 Les Inattendus, Lyon (FR)
    • 2012 Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou (FR)
    • 2012 Courtisane, Gent (BE)
    • 2012 Iowa City Documentary Fim Festival (USA)
    • 2012 European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück (DE)
    • 2012 Docville, Leuven (BE)
    • 2012 FID Marseille (FR)
    • 2012 New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw (PL)
    • 2012 Patras International Film Festival (GR)
    • 2012 Belo Horizonte International Film Festival (BZ)
    • 2012 EXIS, Seoul (KR)
    • 2012 DokumentART, Neubrandenburg (DE) en Szczecin (PL)
    • 2013 FIFE, Paris (FR)
  • Awards
    • 2012 Iowa City Documentary Fim Festival (USA) - Honorable Mention
    • 2012 EXIS, Seoul (KR) - Avid Award International Competition


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