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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Abouna

Fortnight 2002, Feature film, 1h25

Synopsis

15-year-old Tahir and 8-year-old Amine wake up one morning to learn that their father has left home. The brothers decide to find him and wander through the city. Deeply disturbed by this sudden disappearance, they begin to hang about, play hooky and go to the movies, where, one day, they think they recognize their father on the screen. They manage to steal the reels and look for his face on the film, but the police arrest them. Weary of their antics, their mother sends them far away to study in a religious school.

Director

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Born in N’Djamena, Chad, in 1961, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun studied cinema before turning to journalism. In 1994, he returned to film and directed the award-winning short, Maral Tanié. Afer two documentaries, including Sotigui Kouyaté, un griot moderne, about the famous actor from Burkina Faso, he made his first feature in 1999: Bye Bye Africa, which won prizes in several international festivals.

Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa
Hamza Moctar Aguid
Koulsy Lamko
Mounira Khalil
Zara Haroun

Screenplay
Mahamat-Saleh Haroum

Image
Abraham Haile Biru

Sound
Marc Nouyrigat

Editing
Sarah Taouss Matton

Music
Diego Mustapha N’Garade

Set decoration
Laurent Cavero

production : Guillaume de Seille Duo Films, 42 bis rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris, France tél. : 33 (0)1 45 79 60 98, fax : 33 (0)1 45 79 47 68 duofilms@club-internet.fr Goï-Goï Productions (Tchad) ventes à l’étranger : MK2, 55 rue Traversière, 75012 Paris, France tél. : 33 (0)1 44 67 30 00, fax : 33 (0)1 43 41 32 30 distribution : MK2 presse : France : Jean-Bernard Emery tél. 33 (0)1 55 79 03 43, portable : 33 (0)6 03 45 41 84, jb.emery@cinepresscontact.com International : MK2 / Monica Donati tél. : 33 (0)1 43 07 55 22, fax : 33 (0)1 43 07 17 97 portable : 33 (0)6 85 52 72 97, mdonati@mk2.com

Title in Original Version : Notre père