Heremakono - Waiting for Happiness

  • Heremakono - En attendant le bonheur
Type : Fiction
Original title : Heremakono - Esperando a Felicidade [Brésil]
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2002
Format : Feature
Running time : 95 (in minutes)

Jovem malinês atravessa uma aldeia de pescadores no litoral para visitar a mãe antes de viajar para a Europa. Lá, ele compartilha experiências com os moradores locais.
Exibido na 26ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo (Brazil).

Direção: Abderrahmane Sissako.
Elenco: Khatra Ould Abder Kader, Maata Ould Mohamed Abeid e Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed.
Produção: Mauritânia, 2002. 96 min.


Nouadhibou is a small seaside village on the Mauritanian coast. Amongst its white-washed buildings and melodic songs passed down through generations, lives intertwine while waiting for a hypothetical happiness... Seventeen-year-old Abdallah visits his mother before emigrating to Europe. Unable to speak the local language, the melancholic young man finds himself a stranger in his own country. Traditional colourful fabrics interest him less than the latest European fashions. He shies away from village customs and festivities. Yet Abdallah observes this touching universe so unknown to him - sensual young woman Nana's sorrows; a Chinese immigrant's romantic karaoke; old handyman Maata's frustrations with faulty electrical hook-ups. And the orphaned young boy Khatra with his wide-eyed curiosity and natural ability to evoke hope and tenderness.

Réalisation-Directed by : Abderrahmane Sissako
Scénario-Screenplay : Abderrahmane Sissako
Image-Cinematography : Jacques Besse
Son-Sound : Antoine Ouvrier, Alioune Mbow
Montage-Editor : Nadia Ben Rachid
Musique-Music : Anouar Brahem, Oumou Sangare
Décor-Set : Joseph Kpobly, Laurent Cavero
Production : Chinguitty Films (ex-Duo Films), ARTE France, avec le soutien du ministère des Affaires étrangères (ADC-SUD)
Distribution : Haut et Court Distribution

Interprètes-Cast : Khatra Ould Abdel Kader (Khatra), Mohamed Ould Abeid Maata (Maata), Mohamed Ould Mohamed Mahmoud (Abdallah), Fatimatou Mint Ahmedou (Soukeyna), Nana Diakité (Nana), Makanfing Dabo (Makan), Nèma Mint (Choueikh).


2004: Cinemafrica Film Festival | STOCKHOLM, Sweden
> Selection

2003: Fespaco | OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso
> Winner Étalon de Yennenga

26ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo (Brazil)

2002: Cannes Festival | CANNES, France
> Sélection officielle Un Certain Regard
> Winner Prix de la Critique Internationale


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