Sleepwalking Land

  • Terre Somnanbule |Terra Sonâmbula
Genre : War
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2007
Format : Feature
Running time : 96 (in minutes)

Mozambique, civil war. Muidinga, a boy with big dreamy eyes, finds a diary beside a corpse and begins reading it. It is the story of Farida who lives in an old ship anchored out at sea, and who is searching for her own son. Muidinga convinces himself that he is the boy in the diary and decides to search for her. He sets off with his wise guardian Tuahir, a tough old storyteller, who finds it difficult to show his growing affection for the boy. Tuahir even becomes jealous that Muidinga might soon find his family. Like sleepwalkers, Muidinga and Tuahir wander through the war-torn landscape, both burdened with a past too horrible to remember. But amongst the devastation of the Mozambican civil war, Sleepwalking Land depicts through magical storytelling the importance of dreams, friendship and hope.

By Teresa Prata
Mozambique/Portugal | 1h36m | Digibeta | Xangana and Portuguese with English subtitles | Rating 15 | Fiction

International Film Festival of Kerala, India (FRIPESCI Award);
International Film Festival of Pune, India (Best Director Award);
African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival of Milan, Italy (Signis Award);
Festival Indie Lisboa, Portugal (Audience Award and Special Mention);
Bursa International Silk Road Film Festival, Turkey (Save The Children Award)

Festival de Montreal, Canada;
Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival, Germany;
Festival do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
Fajr International Film Festival, Iran;
Birds-Eye View Film Festival, United Kingdom;
Natfilm Festival, Denmark; AfriKamera, Poland;
Festival Cines del Sur, Spain;
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia;
Festival de Tarifa, Spain;
Zanzibar International Film Festival, Tanzania;
Africa in the Pictures, Netherlands; Films From the South Festival - Norway;
Carthage Film Festival, Tunisia;
Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt

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Terra Sonâmbula (Sleepwalking Land)



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