Film Review: Burning Hope
Posted By admin on December 4, 2017 5:55pm
By: Sungwoo Park
Demain Des L’aube (Burning Hope) is an important film, perhaps even a necessary film. Lofti Achour tells the story of three individuals swept along by the tides of revolution in Tunisia - the onset of the Arab Spring which would transform not only the country, but the entire region. The story unfolds almost as if it was a mystery, weaving together two narrative arcs in the past and in the present, both of which spiral towards a certain event that occurred during the fateful night of the revolution. Achour handles the telling of the plot with a delicate yet purposeful touch. The usage of pale, muted tones underscores both the beauty of the cinematography and the melancholy mood of the characters as they navigate their way through the fallout from the events of the revolution. The opening scene of Burning Hope displays the two main characters, Elyssa and Zeineb, adrift within the water. It’s an apt metaphor, not only for the protagonists, but for the unsettled and haunted nature of Tunisian society at large.
Burning Hope is an official selection of the 2017 New York City Independent Film Festival.