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OTAR IOSSELIANI
And then there was light


Country: France, Germany, Italy
Year: 1989
Duration: 105'
Direction: Otar Iosseliani
Screenplay: Otar Iosseliani
Photograph: Robert Alazraki
Editor: Ursula West, Marie-Agnès Blum , Otar Iosseliani
Sound: Alix Comte
Music: Nicolas Zourabichvili
Cast: Sigalon Sagna, Saly Badji, Binta Cissé, Marie-Christine Dième, Alpha Sane, Abdou Sane, Souleimane Sagna, Moussa Sagna, Fatou Seydi, Ousmane Sagna, Marie-Solange Badiane, Salif Kambo Sagna
Production: Alain Quefféléan, François-Xavier Decraene

Art director: Yves Brover-Rabinovici
Coproduction: Les Films du Triangle, Direkt Film GMBH, La Sept, RAI
Distributor: Forum Distribution

Festivals:
1989 Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, Venezia (Grand Prix)

Sinopsis

A jungle tribe in Senegal is ruled by a peculiar and harmonious matriarchy. The women are hunters and witches. The men wash the clothes in the river. They all live in harmony in accordance with their traditions.  They worship sunset, call the rain, until one day, the lorries of a forest company arrive and endanger their peaceful coexistence.  The single presence of a tyre can trigger the battle. In his most unusual and radical film, Iosseliani makes use of the fictional characters and conflicts to contribute a documentary look at the colonization phenomenon and criticise the consequences of modern civilization. With a cameo by the director himself, observing the end of a primitive population like a tourist on the sidelines, says it all. The director takes their communication to the limit with the spectator through gestures. In his words: “If a film needs subtitles to be understood, it is not a film”.

PROMOTED BY
Gobierno de Navarra
ORGANIZED BY
NICDO
WITH THE AID OF
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural Española
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaGoethe InstitutCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteTeatro GayarreLa Fábrica
MEMBER OF
PantallaIberofestLa Mesta
PARTNERS
Filmoteca de NavarraPlanetario de PamplonaMuseo OteizaMuseo Universidad de NavarraHotel Tres ReyesHotel Maisonave
MEDIA PARTNER
Radio 3

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