Twelve-year-old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa. Out beyond the cliffs lies the “Land of Breaths”, kingdom of the Nassaras. One night, his older brother Samba disappears. Adama, defying the elders of the village, decides to go in search of him. With the unshakable determination of a child on the cusp of adulthood, he embarks on a quest that is to lead him beyond the seas, to the North, and to the battlefront of the First World War. The year is 1916.
After the screening, the film will be followed by a talk with Myriam Papillon and Christelle Clément for the younger audience.
Director & SCRIPTWRITER
Born in 1980, Simon Rouby cut his artistic teeth with an aerosol in hand before moving on to other media, such as sculpture and painting. He studied filmmaking firstly at the Gobelins film and photography school in Paris and then at Calarts in Los Angeles. His films have been selected at many international festivals, including Cannes, Clermont, San Diego, Bucharest, Ottawa and Taiwan.
Prior to 2002, Julien Lilti lived between France and Burkina Faso.
After graduating with a Masters in documentary cinema in 2003, he worked for several years as a video journalist at I>Télé/Canal+ and as a documentary cameraman. In 2007, he turned his back on journalism in favour of scriptwriting, training at the European Conservatory for Audiovisual Scriptwriting.
Since graduating, he has written for television and cinema (including "Hippocrates" by Thomas Lilti, which earned him a César nomination in 2015).
Director Simon Rouby
Scriptwriting Julien Lilti, Simon Rouby with the collaboration of Bénédicte Galup
Animation Gregory Naud, Jeanne Irsenski, Brice Chevillard
Music Pablo Pico
Editing Jean-Baptiste Alazard
Cast Azize Diabaté, Pascal N'Zonzi, Oxmo Puccino, Jack Mba
Production NAIA Productions, Pipangaï Production, France 3 Cinéma, Albatros Productions
Source Ocean Films Distribution