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by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun


Chad, 2006. The government has granted amnesty to all war criminals. Atim, 16 years old, is given a revolver by his grandfather so that he may kill the man who killed his father... Atim leaves his village for N’djamena, seeking a man he does not know. He quickly locates him: former war criminal Nassara is now married and settled down as the owner of a small bakery... With the firm intention of killing him, Atim gets closer to Nassara under the guise of looking for work, and is hired as an apprentice baker... Intrigued by Atim's attitude toward him, Nassara takes him under his wing and teaches him the secrets of making bread... Over the weeks, a strange relationship evolves between the two. Despite his disgust, Atim seems to recognise in Nassara the father figure he has always needed, while Nassara sees the teenager as a potential son. One day, he suggests adoption...

international title: Daratt – Dry Season
original title: Daratt
country: France, Chad, Belgium, Austria
sales agent: Pyramide International
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
film run: 96'
release date: FR 20/12/2006, BE 31/01/2007
screenplay: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
cast: Ali Barkai, Youssouf Djaoro, Hisseine Aziza, Djibril Ibrahim
cinematography by: Abraham Haile Biru
film editing: Marie-Hélène Dozo
art director: Ledoux Lodinamou, Madeona Eloge, DOM-HOUDEL
costumes designer: Fatimé Lamana, Valérie Wadar
music: Wasis Diop
producer: Abderrahmane Sissako, Diana Elbaum
production: Chinguitty Films, Entre Chien et Loup, ARTE France Cinéma, GOÏ-GOÏ Productions (TD), New Crowned Hope festival (AT)
backing: FONDS SUD CINEMA, Centre National de la Cinématographie
distributor: Pyramide Distribution, Cinéart

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