Archive of films Abouna / Abouna (Notre pere)
France / Chad
2002, 81 min
Section: Another View
Fifteen-year-old Tahir and eight-year-old Amine awake one morning to discover that their father is gone, but they have no idea why. They decide to look for him every place he used to frequent. As time goes on their desperate and apathetic mother no longer has the strength to raise them and decides to send them to an educational institute.
Fifteen-year-old Tahir and eight-year-old Amine awake one morning to discover that their father is gone, but they have no idea why. They decide to look for him in every place he used to frequent. As time goes on they begin to ditch school and just wander around. One evening they go to the movies and think they see their father on the silver screen. The only way to get him back is to steal the film. Their desperate and apathetic mother no longer has the strength to raise them and decides to send them to an educational institute. Tahir and Amine stick together and try to stand up not only to the inhospitable institute and severity of its instructors, but also to the fact that their days of carefree childhood are gone forever. For Tahir, life in the institute becomes a sad and premature gateway into adulthood. This simple, even minimalist, film excels for the austerity and strength of the story, helped by the boys’ direct and natural performances.
About the director
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (b. 1961, Abéché, Chad) began studying at a French film academy but soon changed to journalism studies at university in Bordeaux. For five years he worked as a reporter and journalist for the local papers La Nouvelle République and Sud-Ouest and as a program director for an independent radio station. In 1994 he returned to film and shot his first short, Maral Tanié, awarded at many festivals, including Montreal. Bye Bye Africa, his feature debut, garnered two awards at the 1999 Venice IFF. Abouna was first screened last year at Cannes in the Quinzaine des réalisateur section.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Dir. of Photography:||Abraham Haile Biru|
|Music:||Diego Moustapha Ngarade|
|Editor:||Sarah Taouss Matton|
|Producer:||Guillaume de Seille|
|Cast:||Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa, Hamza Moctar Aguid, Zara Haroun, Mounira Khalil, Koulsy Lamko, Garba Issa|
|Contact:||mk2 Films, Duo Films|