Francophone Film Series: Un homme qui crie
Texas Spirit Theater | 35mm | NR | 92 min. | Drama
May 16, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's film Un homme qui crie (A Screaming Man).
During a time of war in Chad, a father, Adam, navigates intense demands to keep his livelihood and relationship with his son in tact. Adam must decide what he's willing to sacrifice.
A 60-something former swimming champion, Adam, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad and is forced to give up his job to his son, Abdel. Meanwhile the country is in the throes of civil war and authorities demand the population to contribute to the "war effort," with money or volunteers old enough to fight. In a moment of weakness, Adam makes a decision that he will forever regret.
This screening is part of the Francophone Film Series, which brings a rich diversity of cinematic work featuring the Francophone world, a linguistic bloc that covers twenty-nine countries and encompasses countless cultural identities. In its first season, all films explore ideas of discovery. The Museum is proud to highlight acclaimed films co-presented with Alliance Française d'Austin and Alliance Française d'Austin Ciné-Club. Films in the Francophone Film Series are presented in French with English subtitles. This evening's program is shown in conjunction with our core exhibition, Becoming Texas and includes a film screening and Q&A with guest moderator, Alliance Française d'Austin Ciné-Club Director, Julia Podgorsek and film and media scholar Dr. Olivier J. Tchouaffe. Come early and explore the exhibit from 6pm until 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Please note: Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX Lobby doors.
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Suggested age: 13+
Writer/Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (screenplay)
Runtime: 132 min.
Release year: 2010
Un homme qui crie gained official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival and others. It was the winner of the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was born in 1960 in Abéché, Chad. He studied cinema in Paris and journalism in Bordeaux. After writing for several years for many regional dailies, he directed his first short film, Maral Tanié, in 1994. In 1999, his first feature, Bye-Bye Africa, was nominated at the Venice Film Festival and was awarded the Best First Film Prize. He then made Abouna (Directors’ Fortnight, 2002), and Aratt, Dry Season (Special Jury Award, Venice 2006). In 2010 Un homme qui crie (A Screaming Man), his fourth feature, was nominated for the Palme d’Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival—it was the first film by a Chadian director to screen in official competition at the festival. The film won the Grand Jury Prize.
"When you see that the world around you is going to pieces, when you have lost all your bearings, when the political and social pressure is too strong, you end up being out of your depth. This is what happens to Adam." - Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Olivier J. Tchouaffe is a film and media scholar. He is originally from Cameroon and received all of his degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in Radio-Television and Film. Dr. Tchouaffe is specialized in African cinema and affiliated with Southwestern University. Besides many journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Tchouaffe is the author of Passion of the Reel (2015); Varieties of Literature in Cameroon (2016) and the Cinematic Experiences of Abderrahmane Sissako (2017)
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Co-presented with AFA Ciné-Club, a program of the Alliance Française d'Austin