It’s been confirmed that Celluloid Dreams has recently acquired international rights to Tunisian director Abdelhamid Bouchnak’s horror film, Dachra just before its expected world premiere as the closing night film of Venice Critics’ Week, billed to run from Aug 29 to Sept 8 this year.
The movie revolves around female journalism student Yasmin and two male classmates who embark on a university assignment to solve the cold case of Mongia, a woman found mutilated 25 years ago and now imprisoned in an asylum, suspected of witchcraft.
As they pursue their investigation, the three friends stumble into the archaic and ominous world of Dachra, an isolated countryside compound filled with goats, silent women, mysterious drying meat and steaming pots, which is home to a cult.
When the cult’s jovial but menacing leader invites them to stay overnight, Yasmin is drawn into Dachra’s dark secrets and a desperate attempt to escape alive.
Apart from directing, Bouchnak also wrote, edited and produced “Dachra” with Omar Ben Ali co-producer.
The movie parades a young cast of actors including Yassmine Dimassi, Aziz Jebali and Bilel Slatnia in the co-starring roles. Hatem Nechi is the director of photography and Fatma Madani, the set designer.