Leyla Bouzid, was born in 1984 in Tunis, where she grew up. In 2003, she left for Paris to study French literature at the Sorbonne before studying filmmaking at La Fémis. She directed her graduation film, Shudders, in 2011 and Zakaria in 2013. In 2015, her first feature film, As I Open My Eyes, was awarded at the Venice Film Festival before being selected by many international festivals. A Tale of Love and Desire is her second feature film.