52nd edition

La Promesse

Fortnight 1996, Feature film, 1 h 30

Synopsis

Igor, a teenager of 15, shares his time between building a kart with his friends and working at his father Roger’s construction company, which hires illegal immigrants. To Igor, his father’s schemes are part of the normal order of things, some sort of evil within the innocence of his age… Igor suddenly loses his innocence the day he and his father leave Hamidou, an African immigrant, for dead, after he fell from a scaffolding. But before he dies, Hamidou asks Igor to promise him he’ll protect his wife Assita and his son Igor. Igor promises, without his father’s knowing. Igor soon wakes up to moral consciousness, torn between fear, filial faithfulness and the promise he made. Assita, who has not been told about her husband’s death, keeps waiting for him and refuses to go back to her country…

Casting

  • Assita Ouedraogo
  • Jérémie Renier
  • Olivier Gourmet
  • Rasmané Ouedraogo

Team

Screenplay
Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Image
Alain Marcoen

Sound
Jean-Pierre Duret

Editing
Marie-Hélène Dozo

Music
Jean-Marie Billy, Denis M’Punga

Set decoration
Igor Gabriel

Production

PRODUCTION : Les Films du Fleuve 4 quai Churchill, 4020 Liège, Belgique Tél. : (32-41) 42 49 39 Fax : (32-41) 42 66 98 RTBF Dérives Touza Productions (France) Samsa Film (Luxembourg) Touza Films (Tunisie) ERTT (Télévision tunisienne) VENTE A L’ETRANGER : Jeanine Seawell 45, rue Piere Charon, 75008 Paris Tél. : 01 47 20 18 73 Fax : 01 47 20 15 43

Awards

Prix Art et Essai – CICAE