(Rêve) d'un pays éloigné / (Dream) of a distant land
Production: Francce 2014
Summer in retrospect, flashes, and illuminations, but also in complete darkness. A mother and a daughter, not always in harmony. It is a poetic, intense film about their relation, analysed through the fragments of summer moments they have spent together. A relation as ambiguous as can be between two people so close to each other.
Simple, contemplative shots show the life of the inhabitants of Abu Haraz – a desert village in North Sudan. For ages people have lived here to the rhythm of the flooding Nile, which irrigate the farmland. Everything will change with the construction of the great dam. The houses of the livin and the cherished ancestral graves, all is to be wiped off the face of the Earth. People from Abu Haraz will inhabit a new place. The TV will play an important role here. One of the inhabitants goes back to the village to once again see the paradise, soon to be lost. The director had been visiting Abu Haraz for seven years, documenting the last moments of the village's existence on film.
An unbelievably beautiful snow-covered mountain emerges from the clouds before the title appears on the screen. Pathos? Kitsch? Yes, but who cares, it's still beautiful. Another shot: a woman's face, full of affection. The woman is looking to the side; the intensity of her face against the worn backrest of a soft, cozy sofa. A third explodes with light, energy, movement. The first shot shows a mountain that just sits there. The second one shows Olga, Piotr's wife. The third shot: Piotr in his element. The word sati denotes the self-immolation of a widow at her husband's funeral pyre, a ritual practised in some Asian communities.
At first he thought that he wants to work in film production. He even graduated Faculty of Film and TV Production at Silesian University. However his love for observing the reality and will to describe it, got in his way of becoming a Producer. He started studying at Faculty of Film and TV Directors at the same University, he was also a student of Wajda Film School. During his work Bartek directed several short movies, commercials, tv programmes and music videos. But what he would like to do the most is making documentaries. “Sati” is his documentary debut.
Born on April 3rd 1956 in Łódź. Film and radio director, screenwriter, producer. Graduated from directing at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. Was assistant to Krzysztof Zanussi and Krzysztof Kieślowski. Had his documentary debut in 1991 with the famed “Hear my cry,” which has been awarded many prizes worldwide. Author of documentary films broadcast by television stations in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, and Japan. Creator of radio documentaries broadcast by the BBC and radio stations in Germany, Scandinavia, and Benelux. Lecturer at the National Film School PWSFTViT in Łódź, member of the Polish Film Academy. Winner of many prestigious awards. Known for long and meticulous preparations before making his films.
Muriel Montini studied cinema. She lives and works in Paris. Since 2000, she has made several movies screened in different international important institutions and festivals. She currently works on different films projects.
Un roi complètement (in production) Ceux de la côte (in production) A Cold Place (2010) Alice (2009) Les jeux d’enfants (2008) Le monde est immense (2006) Instants d’après (2006) All along theses lines (1999)