4 items from 2011
An ex-swimming star struggles to stay afloat in Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's quiet, deeply humane study of family life in Chad
When the name of the landlocked African republic of Chad comes up, most cinephiles will think of the opening of Antonioni's The Passenger. In that masterly 1975 film, playing a reporter at the end of his tether while covering a hopeless civil war, Jack Nicholson swaps his identity with a dead man he finds in a remote Saharan hotel. It seems to sum up the sense of desperation and extreme experience that, rightly or wrongly, Chad incites.
However, as in other troubled, desperately poor African countries, there are a handful of gifted artists of world stature, mostly musicians but also painters and film-makers, and A Screaming Man, the fourth feature film by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad's only prominent film-maker, won the jury prize at last year's Cannes film festival. This year Haroun »
- Philip French
If you thought the Jarman Award was where you'd find the next big thing in British film art, you're one step behind. This touring initiative gets the four film-makers shortlisted for last year's Jarman – Spartacus Chetwynd, Ben Rivers, Zineb Sedira and Emily Wardill – to select moving-image artists they think we should be watching. The 10 names on the programme might not mean anything to the public yet as they're mostly up-and-coming, recently graduated art students (some of whom appear at screenings), but where else might you find a film that tries to invent a new colour or create a new manifesto based on capturing extragalactic rhythms?
Various venues, Tue to 30 Jun
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, London
The poor, war-torn, landlocked republic of Chad is virtually unknown on the geographical map, let alone the film-making one, but Haroun is doing something about that. Influenced by calm, observational film-makers such as Hou Hsiao-hsien, »
- Steve Rose
The 64th festival de Cannes announced its Jury on Wednesday. No Indian follows in the footsteps of actress Sharmila Tagore and director Shekhar Kapoor who served on the Cannes Jury in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
The Jury of the Competiton presided over by Robert De Niro will comprise Martina Gusman (actress and producer, Argentina), Nansun Shi (producer, Hong Kong/China), Uma Thurman (actress, scriptwriter, producer, USA), Linn Ullmann (writer,literary critic, Norway), Olivier Assayas (director, France), Jude Law (actor, producer, UK), Mahamat Saleh Haroun (director, Chad) and Johnnie To (director, producer, Hong Kong/China).
The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury presided by Michel Gondry will comprise Julie Gaynet (Actress and Producer, France), Jessica Hausner (Director and Producer, Austria), Corneliu PorumBoiu (Director, Romania and João Pedro Rodrigues (Director, Portugal).
Brief introduction of the Main Jury as stated on Cannes official website:
A Screaming Man (Un homme qui crie)
Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Written by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
2010, France, Belgium, Chad
A certain school of cinema teaches that holding shots long enough will guarantee critical success and bountiful festival laurels for the poster campaign. Granted, the long take is one of the most electrifying techniques a filmmaker can employ, and this still-thriving stallion is being flogged by those seeking to challenge audiences. Unfortunately for them, they fail to realize that a long take worth its weight in festival gold is anything but a challenge to sit through. Apitchatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul must know this for he crafts shots of mesmerising beauty, none of which are nearly long enough for one to begin speculating on their actual purpose. Mahamat Saleh Haroun, whose A Screaming Man yielded to Joe’s Palme d’Or-winner only to clinch the Jury Prize at Cannes, is some way behind, which »
4 items from 2011
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