Archive of films White Shadow / White Shadow
Italy / Germany / Tanzania
2013, 115 min
Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Veering wildly between earthy vérité and near-ecstatic surrealism, Noaz Deshe’s staggering, Tanzanian-set tale of a resourceful albino adolescent learning to survive in a community brutally geared against his kind is stylistically reckless in the best possible way – a quasi-horror film that evokes a world physically and spiritually out of balance.
The waking nightmare of the African albino muti trade – whereby albinos are hunted for their supposedly restorative body parts – is a tricky subject to film without leaning too far in the directions of exploitation or exoticism, but artist-turned-filmmaker Noaz Deshe’s staggering debut feature strikes the necessary balance with vision to burn. Veering wildly between earthy verite and near-ecstatic surrealism, this Tanzanian-set tale of a resourceful albino adolescent (Hamisi Bazili) learning to survive in a community brutally geared against his kind is stylistically reckless in the best possible way – a quasi-horror film that evokes a world physically and spiritually out of balance. The camera is itself a near-performative presence, its frequent, agile switches from high-definition docu-realism in one scene to color-saturated expressionism in the next underlining the young protagonist’s shifting sense of security and self-awareness.
About the director
Noaz Deshe (b. 1968, Israel) is a director, screenwriter, composer, cinematographer, painter, and video artist who lives in Berlin and Los Angeles. He has shot several experimental short films in the genre of docu-fiction (Boysgirls, 2001; Search Agent Zerox, 2001). As a composer he is best known for the soundtrack to Frontier Blues (2009), the debut film by Iranian director Babak Jalali. He has also made several music videos throughout the world (Germany, England, USA), and his paintings and video art have been shown at numerous European galleries. His feature-length debut White Shadow was screened at Venice and Sundance.
About the film
|Section:||Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!|
|Screenplay:||Noaz Deshe, James Masson|
|Dir. of Photography:||Armin Dierolf, Noaz Deshe|
|Music:||James Masson, Noaz Deshe|
|Editor:||Noaz Deshe, Xavier Box, Robin Hill, Nico Leunen|
|Producer:||Ginevra Elkann, Noaz Deshe, Francesco Melzi d’Eril|
|Production:||Asmara Films, Shadoworks, Mocajo Film|
|Coproduction:||Chromosom Filmproduktion, French Exit, Phantasma Films, Real2Reel|
|Cast:||Hamisi Bazili, James Gayo, Glory Mbayuwayu, Salum Abdallah|
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