France - Belgium

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

Original language :French & Chadian Arabic



Ali Bacha BARKAÏ
Youssouf DJAORO
Fatimé HADJE
Khayar Oumar DEFALLAH



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
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
Acadie French Film Fest
Sao Paulo IFF
Bilbao IFF
Kerala IFF
Panorama of European Cinema (Athens) - FIPRESCI Award

2009 :
Chungmoro IFF

Dry Season


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 :

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...


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