Abouna (Our Father) 2002 Ages 18+

3.00PM Sat 7 Sep 2019 (1hr 24mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

Our Father will screen from an imported 35mm print.

‘This deceptively simple coming-of-age fable paints a touching portrait of two brothers finding their way in the world after being abandoned first by their father and then by their mother. With his exquisite eye, Haroun captures dreamy, glowingly beautiful images of the Chadian landscape, imparting a gently lulling serenity to a story that explores thorny issues of parenthood, responsibility, and growing up.’ BAM Cinémathèque

‘Haroun demonstrates a gloriously quietist art in his direction, and Abouna thoroughly deserves to enjoy the acclaim recently lavished on Iranian cinema's images of children. This movie has moments that linger in the mind: the boys running back from the cinema, the boys playing keepie-uppie in the street, the boys walking on their hands after looking for their father at the Chad-Cameroon border crossing, with all the insouciance of childhood, unable yet to comprehend the seriousness of what has happened to them. It's the serendipitous skill in capturing images that shows the highest possible refinement of talent.’ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 84 MINUTES, CHAD, FRENCH, ARABIC (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: MAHAMAT-SALEH HAROUN / PRODUCER: GUILLAUME DE SEILLE, KALALA HISSEIN DJIBRINE, ABDERRAHMANE SISSAKO / SCRIPT: MAHAMAT-SALEH HAROUN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: ABRAHAM HAILE BIRU / EDITOR: SARAH TAOUSS-MATTON / MUSIC: DIEGO MOUSTAPHA NGARADE / CAST: AHIDJO MAHAMAT, MOUSSA HAMZA MOCTAR AGUID, ZARA HAROUN / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: MK2