Tlatli was born in a traditional family. Her discovery of cinema by a philosophy professor defined the way of her life. She moved to France to study cinema (IDHEC), especially the montage and graduated in 1968.
She returned to Tunisia and worked on the installation of several films, including “Omar Dead by Masculinity” by the Algerian Marzak Allouache, “the losts” by Nasser Khameer, and “The construction of the Stone” by the Palestinian Michel Khelifi and “Halfaouin” by Farid Boughdir.
SILENCE OF PALACES
In 1994 she directed her first film, ” Silence of Palaces”, with the support of Nouri Bouzid, who won the Golden Tanit Award at the Carthage Film days and the Golden Tulip at the Istanbul International Film Festival and as the best feature of novelist long film at the 5th African Film Festival in Milano Golden Camera at the Cannes Film Festival.
Many critics and filmmakers consider “The Silence of Palaces” as the best Tunisian films and have been commercially distributed worldwide, including the United States.
Her second film, “The Men’s Season” (2000), got the big prize of the Arab World Institute.
In 2001, Tlatli was chosen as an expert on the Cannes Film Festival.
She released her third film, “Nadia and Sarah” in 2004, the year she won the Mac Milan Stewart award from Harvard University.
After the Tunisian revolution, she was appointed Minister of Culture on 17 January 2011 in the Government of National Unity, but it was not hesitant to accept the post.