Scene from the film Viva Paradis
Scene from the film Viva Paradis
Scene from the film Viva Paradis
Scene from the film Viva Paradis

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 fighting is over, but what now? From March 10-16, 2011, filmmaker Isabelle Tollenaere recorded the peace following the revolution, by making images of the tourism industry. In the enormous hotel, the first guests have returned to enjoy this artificial paradise, in search for the sun, as in the Tunisia of yesterday. A group of dancers in military costumes perform their repertoire at night for an almost empty hall. The chic patio, swimming pool, and billiard room are deserted. Outside, the void left after the revolution is also omnipresent. Everything seems to be motionless. Tunisians wander around the ruined estate of the former dictator. On a damaged wall, we can read the words "Thank you Facebook." Viva Paradis portrays the tension between revolution and tourism, change and conservatism, and the ruins of ancient and recent history.


  • Original Title
    Viva Paradis
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Isabelle Tollenaere
  • Cinematography
    Isabelle Tollenaere
  • Editing
    Isabelle Tollenaere & Tom Denoyette
  • Sound
    Kwinten Van Laethem
  • Runtime
    18 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Belgium
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • 2011 KASKcinema, Gent (BE)
    • 2011 CPH:DOX, Copenhagen (DK)
    • 2011 IDFA (NL)
    • 2012 Les Inattendus, Lyon (FR)
    • 2012 Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou (FR)
    • 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)
    • 2012 Actors’ Studio, Brussel (BE)
    • 2013 FIFE, Paris (FR)
    • 2013 MEANWHILE series, Distrital, Mexico City (MX)
    • 2014 MEANWHILE series, Distrital, CGAI, Coruna – Galicia (ES)
    • 2015 AS IF IT NEVER HAPPENED, Goldsmiths College, London (UK)
    • 2016 DNA, Shanghai (CH)
  • Awards
    • 2012 Iowa City Documentary Fim Festival (USA) - Honorable Mention
    • 2012 EXIS, Seoul (KR) - Avid Award International Competition
    • 2012 Patras International Film Festival (GR) – Memorable Award is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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