Daratt (Dry Season)

Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2006
Format : Feature
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Age 15, Atim goes off to find the man who killed his father. A long time ago, two months before he was born… He arrives in N'djamena, the captial of Chad, and starts his search for Abdallah Nassara, the assassin…

Nassara, former war criminal, has long since laid down his weapons: he is in his sixties, and is both respected and respectable. He is the owner of a small bakery…

Atim finds Nassara. He even manages to be hired as an apprentice at the bakery… Nassara, who does not know anything about Atim, takes him under hi swing and teaches him the art of how to make bread… An initiation.

A strange relationship develops between the two men, each attracted to the other: Atim finds in this man the paternal figure he has always lacked; and Nassara discovers a potential son in the adoles-cent. He even offers to adopt him… But can one escape one's destiny?

Original language : French & Arabic from Chad
Original title : Daratt
Serie : New Crowned Hope


DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

In my previous film, Abouna, I already explored the absence of a father, who left leaving no trace… This is once again the story of a father, who is also absent, but this time because he was killed by a man; and his son is obliged to repair the damage made to the family.

Thus, it is a tale of revenge. In this film, I would like to explore the most savage, primitive and telluric forces to be found in Mankind. Those dark forces that nestle in the depths of Man, and which power the machines of horror. Here and elsewhere.

How can cohabitation be possible after so much hate and violence? Is there still room for forgiveness? What is the right reaction to impunity? Resignation or taking justice into one's own hands?


Screenplay : Mahamat-Saleh HAROUN
Dir of photography : Abraham HAILE BIRU
Sound : Dana FARZANEHPOUR
Music : Wasis DIOP
Editing : Marie-Hélène DOZO
Costumes : Fatimé LAMANA & Valérie WADAR
Set : Ledoux LODINAMOU MADEONA & Eloge DOM-HOUDEL


ACTORS
Atim : Ali Bacha BARKAÏ
Nassara : Youssouf DJAORO
Aïcha : Aziza HISSEINE
Moussa : Djibril IBRAHIM
Auntie Moussa : Fatimé HADJE
Grand-father : Khayar Oumar DEFALLAH

Producer :
Abderrahmane SISSAKO

Production company :
CHINGUITTY FILMS

Co-producers :
Mahamat-Saleh HAROUN / Goï - Goï Productions (Chad)
Diana ELBAUM & Sébastien DELLOYE / Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium)
Simon FIELD & Keith GRIFFITHS / Illuminations Films for New Crowned Hope (UK)

Co-production company :
Arte France Cinema

DVD available (in french, Zone 2)
# Studio: Arcades Video
# Release date : September 18, 2007
# ASIN: B000VX1QRW

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ITALIANO
Ciad, 2006. Il governo ha amnistiato i criminali di guerra. Atim, un ragazzo di sedici anni, riceve dalla mani del nonno una pistola, per andare ad uccidere l'uomo che ha ucciso suo padre…

Atim lascia il villaggio in cui vive per recarsi a N'djamena, alla ricerca di un uomo che non conosce. Lo trova subito: ex-criminale di guerra, Nassara è oggi un uomo per bene, sposato, e proprietario di un panificio…

Atim accosta Nassara, gli fa credere di cercare lavoro e si fa assumere da lui come apprendista, con la ferma intenzione di ucciderlo… Incuriosito dall'atteggiamento di Atim nei suoi confronti, Nassara lo prende sotto la sua protezione, e gli insegna l'arte e il modo di fare il pane…

Con il trascorrere del tempo, tra i due si intreccia uno strano rapporto. Nonostante la ripugnanza che prova, Atim sembra trovare in Nassara la figura paterna che gli è sempre mancata; dal canto suo, Nassara intravede nell'adoloscente un possibile figlio.
Un giorno, gli propone di adottarlo…

Il film ha ricevuto il premio speciale della giuria alla 63ma Mostra di Venezia.

Regia: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Interpreti: Youssouf Djaoro, Ali Bacha Barkaï, Hisseine Aziza, Djibril Ibrahim, Fatimé Hadje

Durata: 96'


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GERMANY
Der 15jährige Atim verlässt seinen Großvater auf der Suche nach dem Mörder seines Vaters. Er kommt nach N'Djamena, der Hauptstadt des Tschad, wo er sich nach Nassara, dem möglichen Täter, umhört. Dieser hat eine kleine Bäckerei und Atim gelingt es, sich dort anstellen zu lassen. Nassara erinnert Atim an den schmerzlich vermissten Vater und dieser behandelt Atim wie einen Sohn. Doch das Schicksal holt die beiden ein

Regie: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun TCH 2005 95 min OmdU


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PORTUGESE
Com quinze anos, Atim parte em busca do homem que matou o seu pai, dois meses antes do seu nascimento. Chega a N'djaména, capital do Chade, e inicia as suas pesquisas para encontrar Abdallah Nassara, o assassino. Este último, antigo criminoso de guerra, é hoje um homem respeitável e respeitado, dono de uma pequena padaria. Atim encontra Nassara e consegue fazer-se contratar como aprendiz na padaria. Nassara, que ignora tudo acerca de Atim, protege-o e ensina-lhe a fabricar o pão. Uma iniciação. Uma estranha relação se tece entre ambos, atrídos um pelo outro. Atim encontra neste homem a figura paternal que sempre lhe faltou; por seu turno, Nassara descobre no adolescente um potencial filho. Propõe mesmo adoptá-lo. Mas será possível escapar ao destino?

O filme recebeu o prêmio especial do júri no festival de Veneza 2006, o de diretor no festival de Gijón 2006 (Espanha) e o da imprensa estrangeira no festival de Adelaide 2007 (Austrália).

CHADE (2006), Longa / Ficção / Drama, 96 min. |Produção: Chinguitty Films (ex-Duo Films) (França France) |Argumento: Mahmat-Saleh Haroun |Imagem: Abraham Haile Biru |Montagem: Marie-Hélène Dozo |Som: Dana Farzanehpour | Música: Wasis Diop |Interpretação: Ali Bacha Barkaï, Youssouf Djaoro, Aziza Hisseine, Djibril Ibrahim, Fatimé Hadje, Khayar Oumar Defallah |



FESTIVALS / AWARDS / PRIX

2008 | 5th Annual Curacao African Diaspora Film Festival | Curacao | Tue, June 24 to Tue, July 1, 2008 | http://www.nyadff.org/ADFFCuracao2008.html
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FESPACO 2007 - Festival Panafricain de Cinéma et de Télévision de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso, 24 février - 03 mars 2007)
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JCC - Carthago Film Festival (Tunisia, November 11-17, 2006)
- Tanit d'Argent [Silver Tanit]


Festival International de Cinéma de Toronto 2006 (Canada)
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63rd Venice Film Festival - Venezia 63 (Italia, August 30 - september 9, 2006)
- Nominated
- Special Jury Prize

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