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Film Africa 2013 Programme

Film Africa 2013 Programme

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Film Africa Festival 2013
Opening Night Film
Of Good Report
Dir. Jahmil X.T. Qubeka. With Mothusi Magano, Petronella Tshuma,Phoenix Mabote.
South Africa. 2013. 109min. B&W.
Deemed so incendiary at the 2013 Durban Film Festival that it wastemporarily banned, Qubeka’s extraordinarily accomplished andblackly comic film nods respectfully to
film noir 
stylistics, butemerges with its own distinct sensibility. Shot in the minority Xhosalanguage and set in underprivileged rural areas of South Africa itfollows the fortunes of introverted high school teacher Parker Sithole(a beautifully modulated, near-silent performance by Magano).Parker has a quiet passion for literature and, with devilish irony, ispresented to his new school as a man “of good report”. Shortlythereafter, he meets a mesmerising young woman, Nolitha(brilliantly played by newcomer Tshuma) in a local bar, and he fallsfor her. The next day Nolitha walks into his classroom and herealises that the blossoming love which has brought joy into hisworld is forbidden. Parker is faced with a moral dilemma, andultimately takes the wrong route, resulting in disastrous and violentconsequences. Shot in seductive monochrome, and benefitting fromsuperbly sinister sound design,
Of Good Report 
is a technicalachievement of the highest order. From its corrosively discomfitingopening moments to its bleak finale, Qubeka’s film is a dizzying tripinto a debased mind. Will you dare to take it?
Followed by a Q&A with Director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
Fri 1 Nov
Hackney Picturehouse
3 x 3 - A focus on 3 directors & their 3 keyfilms
3x3 - Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
 The Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun has, in the last twodecades, gradually cemented his reputation as one of the the mostrespected cinema auteurs in world cinema. His carefully composedmoral dramas are justly fêted for their pared-down, Bressonianapproach to tackling the conundrums of the human condition; theyappear quiet on the surface, but always have multiple layers to beunpicked. We are screening three of his most well-regarded worksto date:
, which won the Grand Special Jury Prize at the 63rdVenice International Film Festival;
 A Screaming Man
, which won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, making Haroun the firstChadian director to enter, as well as win, an award in the mainCannes competition; and
, which was this year nominated forthe Palme d’Or in Cannes.
Dry Season (Daratt)
Dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. With Ali Barkai, Youssouf Djaoro, AzizaHisseine.
Chad/France/Belgium/Austria. 2006. 96min. Colour.
Set in the wake of the long Chadian civil war, 16-year-old Atim(Barkai) is sent by his grandfather to the city to kill his father’sassassin, Nassara (Haroun’s muse Djaoro). Atim, carrying hisfather's gun, finds Nassara running a bakery. Unexpectedly, thetaciturn Nassara adopts Atim as the son he never had. Haroun’selegant and carefully-scripted film carries all the weight of post-wardislocation, and returns to his recurring theme of the father figurewith powerful results.
Dry Season
won the Grand Special Jury Prizeat the 63rd Venice International Film Festival, as well as eight otherprizes at Venice and the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou.
Tue 5 Nov
Hackney PicturehouseA Screaming Man (Un homme qui crie)
Dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.With Youssouf Djaoro, Dioucounda Koma, Emile Abossolo M’bo.
France/Belgium/Chad. 2010. 92min. Colour.
Adam (Djaoro) is a pool attendant at a fancy hotel in N’Djamena, theChadian capital, where everyone still calls him ‘champ’ after hisheyday as a competitive swimmer. His son, Abdel (Komo), worksunder him at the pool, but the old order is changing as economicpressures force the hotel management to promote Abdel and moveAdam to demeaning front-gate duty. The spectre of war is alsoupsetting the natural state of things, and Adam enters into a terriblebargain when a local chief pressures him to contribute to the war
effort, financial or otherwise. With masterful control, Harountransforms the personal and emotional turmoil of his story into still,meditative, and quietly devastating filmmaking.
Wed 6 Nov
Hackney PicturehouseGrisgris (Closing Night Film)
Dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. With Souleymane Démé, Anaïs Monory,Cyril Guei.
France/Chad. 2013. 101min. Colour.
Charming, visually lush and consistently surprising,
isHaroun’s most optimistic film to date. Our eponymous hero (Démé)dreams of being a dancer despite his paralysed leg. The filmingeniously tracks Grisgris overcoming all kinds of obstacles,fighting both his disability and the baddies (he starts to work for agang of petrol smugglers). Will Grisgris get the girl (Monory)? Thefilm’s multiple subtexts will leave the viewer musing over thethemes raised days after watching; what appears to be the simplestory of one man’s unlikely achievement ultimately embodies autopian vision that reaches into a wider discussion of the state of Africa, and how we navigate into our future. In Cannes Competition2013 Winner of the Vulcan Award for Best Cinematography, Cannes2013. 
Sun 10 Nov
Cine Lumiere3x3 - Mati Diop
Born in Paris in 1982, Mati Diop studied film at Le Fresnoy, theFrench national studio of contemporary art. Before embarking on adirectorial path, she forged a successful acting career, a highlight of which was her role as a devoted daughter in Clare Denis’ sumptuousdrama
35 Shots of 
(2008). Perhaps it’s no surprise that Diophas embarked on a career in the seventh art: she is the daughter of Wasis Diop (composer of the music for
 A Screaming Man
), and the niece of Djibril Diop Mambety, (director of 
Touki Bouki
). Film Africa has selected three of her films to highlightthe work of a talented filmmaker mapping out her own uniquecreative space.
Dir. Mati Diop. With Sergine Seck, Chiekh M’Baye.
France/Senegal. 2009. 15min. Colour.

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