Magazine article Screen International

Joyce Nashawati, Blind Sun

Magazine article Screen International

Joyce Nashawati, Blind Sun

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Blind Sun started offwith an image. "A setting, an atmosphere," recalls director Joyce Nashawati of her feature debut, a tense psychodrama steeped in paranoia and socio-political dynamics. It has turned heads at every film festival it has played so far including Thessaloniki and Sitges.

"I wanted a mystery film that takes place in full daylight by the Mediterranean Sea," she explains. "I started to think about it during a hot summer near Athens. A forest fire had turned the sky over the coast an eerie orange colour. There was ash falling over us. It felt like the end of the world, as if the end of the world had a terrifying beauty."

The drama uncoils in a Greek resort during an oppressive heatwave. With water short and violence in the air, an immigrant by the name of Ashraf (played by Palestinian actor/film-maker Ziad Bakri) guards a French family's villa while they are away. Driving down a dusty road, a policeman pulls him over to check his papers and the nightmare begins.

Nashawati weaves into her dystopian vision many of the most incendiary themes facing Europe right now -immigration, racism, climate change and economic disparity. …

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