Dry Season

(France/Belgium/Tchad/Austria, 2006, 96 minutes)

Outraged at a general amnesty that has cleared his father’s killer, a rural Tchadian teenager heads to the capital N’djamena to find the man, now a married baker, and exact his revenge — but is instead taken in as if he were a long lost son. A run-of-the-mill melodrama of revenge is elevated above exotic curiosity level by a stylized yet simple and extraordinarily powerful handling that avoids as much dialogue as possible.

A Pyramide International/New Crowned Hope Festival Vienna 2006 presentation. A Chinguitty Films/Goï-Goï Productions production, in co-production with ARTE France Cinéma, Entre Chien et Loup, New Crowned Hope Festival Vienna 2006 and Araneo Belgium; with the participation of Fonds Sud Cinéma, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, CNC and Ministère des Affaires Etrangères France; with the support of Fonds Images Afrique, Coopération Belge au Développement - DGCD and Service Public Fédéral Affaires Etrangères Belgique; subsidised by Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Communauté Française de Belgique and Télédistributeurs Wallons; with the participation of Canal Plus; in association with Sofica Soficinéma 2 and Télé-Tchad. Starring Ali Bacha Barkaï, Youssouf Djaoro; with Aziza Hisseine, Khavar Ouvar Defallah, Djibril Ibrahim, Hadjé Fatimé N'Goua, Garba Issa, Abdéramane Abakar. Directed and written by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun; produced by Abderrahmane Sissako, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Diana Elbaum & Sébastien Delloye, Simon Field & Keith Griffiths; music by Wasis Diop; director of photography (Studio L'Équipe), Abraham Haile Biru; art directors, Ledoux Lodinamou Madeona, Eloge Dom-Handel; film editor, Marie-Hélène Dozo.


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