2006

France - Belgium

95min - 35 mm/DCP - 1.85 - Color - Dolby SRD - Drama

Original language :French & Chadian Arabic

 

Cast

Ali Bacha BARKAÏ
Youssouf DJAORO
Aziza HISSEINE
Djibril IBRAHIM
Fatimé HADJE
Khayar Oumar DEFALLAH

 

Credits

Director: Mahamat-Saleh HAROUN

Producer : Abderrahmane SISSAKO
Production Company : CHINGUITTY FILMS
Co-producer : 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

Screenplay : Mahamat-Saleh HAROUN
Director of photography : Abraham HAILE BIRU
Sound : Dana FARZANEHPOUR
Music : Wasis DIOP
Editing : Marie-Hélène DOZO

Festivals & Awards

2006 :
Venice - Official Competition - Special Jury Prize
Toronto IFF - Official Competition
London IFF
Cape Town IFF
Tapei Golden Horse IFF
Gijon IFF - Best Director
Black Night IFF (Estonia)
Dubai IFF

2007 :
Goteborg IFF
Rotterdam IFF
Human Right FF (Toronto)
FESPACO - In Competition - Bronze Prize
Adelaide IFF
Fipresci Award Belgrade IFF
Human Rights FF (Donastia)
Hong Kong IFF
Vilnius IFF
Istanbul IFF
Buenos Aires IFF
Safi IFF In competition Best film award
Singapore IFF
Jeonju IFF
Tarifa FF
Art Film Fest
Cine Del Sur FF
Isola IFF
Karlovy Vary IFF
Jerusalem IFF
Melbourne IFF
Brisbane IFF
Rio IFF
Acadie French Film Fest
Sao Paulo IFF
Bilbao IFF
Kerala IFF
Panorama of European Cinema (Athens) - FIPRESCI Award

2009 :
Chungmoro IFF

Dry Season

DARATT

a film by :Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Chad, 2006. The government has granted amnesty to all war criminals. Atim, 16 years old, is given a revolver by his grandfather so that he may kill the man who killed his father. Atim leaves his village for N’djamena, seeking a man he does not know. He quickly locates him: former war criminal Nassara is now married and settled down as the owner of a small bakery. With the firm intention of killing him, Atim gets closer to Nassara under the guise of looking for work, and is hired as an apprentice baker… Intrigued by Atim's attitude toward him, Nassara takes him under his wing and teaches him the secrets of making bread. Over the weeks, a strange relationship evolves between the two. Despite his disgust, Atim seems to recognise in Nassara the father figure he has always needed, while Nassara sees the teenager as a potential son. One day, he suggests adoption.

French Synopsis :

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…Tchad, 2006. Le gouvernement a accordé l’amnistie à tous les criminels de guerre. Atim, seize ans, reçoit un revolver des mains de son grand-père pour aller tuer l’assassin de son père… Atim quitte son village et part pour N’djaména, à la recherche d’un homme qu’il ne connaît même pas. Il le localise rapidement : ancien criminel de guerre, Nassara est aujourd’hui rangé, marié et patron d’une petite boulangerie… Atim se rapproche de Nassara, lui fait croire qu’il cherche du travail et se fait embaucher par lui comme apprenti boulanger, avec la ferme intention de le tuer… Intrigué par l’attitude d’Atim à son égard, Nassara le prend sous son aile et lui apprend l’art et la manière de fabriquer du pain… Au fil des semaines, une étrange relation se tisse entre les deux êtres. Malgré sa répugnance, Atim semble trouver chez Nassara la figure paternelle qui lui a toujours fait défaut ; de son côté, Nassara découvre chez l’adolescent un fils potentiel. Un jour, il lui propose de l’adopter…

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