La nuit de la Vérité (2004)

La Nuit de la Vérité by Fanta Nacro is an impressive movie about tribal conflicts on the African continent. The movie is situated in an imaginary West African country. After ten years of civil war beween the government army of the Nayak, led by ‘Le président’ (Adama Ouédraogo), and the Bonande rebels led by Colonel Theo (Commandant Moussa Cissé), there is some sign of peace negotiations. Not everyone is in favour of peace though, and one can feel the tension. The night of truth starts with a festive dinner, but the village idiot Tomoto always seems capable of ruining the attempts for peace with violence and provocation.

Although I don’t like a lot of African movies I’ve seen over the years, this one was very impressive. Perhaps it is caused by the fact the storyline and characters are somehow more western, or maybe it is because I’ve learned more about the current situation in Africa. But fact is the movie contains some very powerfull images about the cruelties of civil war, and of the rivalling factions trying to come to peace with each other.

IFFR: short update

It’s to late already and my shift starts at 9.30 at the IFFR, so only a short update about the movies a saw, and which are worthwhile seeing (in my opinion)”

  • La nuit de la vérité: African movie about tribes trying to end a civil war. Powerfull acting and intelligent script.
  • Thai dusk, Thai dawn: a programme of shorts, with two very powerfull features among it.
  • Estamira: 100% better than expected. Story about a woman living on the ramps of the landfill in Rio de Janeiro. Very nice camerawork combined with a older woman who hates god and all the universe.
  • Of Love and Eggs: Indonesian movie, it is adverted in the programme schedule as a neo-islamic comedy. I liked it, but it does have the speed of Indonesian movies. Which, for as far as I know, is not very fast. But if you can handle that it is a nice story about people trying to complete there mosque with a dome, and people searching for love. Be sure to stay to the end, because they keep on testing… Most embarassing moment of the day: Me and my friends thought we recognises Miike Takeshi, but it turned out to be Okuhara Hiroshi, the director of A Blue Automobile, accompanied by Miyazaki Aoi. To bad I was the one asking, I think I reached the deepest point of Holland out of shame instantly…