Director Idrissa Ouédraogo from Burkina Faso very much regrets that he is unable to attend the 53rd Berlinale as a member of the International Jury, due to post-production problems on his latest film La Colère de Dieu.
Fortunately, African director Abderrahmane Sissako will take Ouédraogo’s place on the Jury. “I am very pleased that Abderrahmane Sissako spontaneously agreed to attend the festival”, said Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. “His broad cineastic view is a valuable addition to our Jury.”
Director Abderrahmane Sissako born in 1961 in West African Mauritania grew up entirely in Mali and later went on to study cinema at the VGIK in Moscow. Sissako’s first feature length film Rostov-Luanda was screened at the Documenta X in Kassel. His film La vie sur la terre (1998) received awards at festivals around the world. Sissako is now living in Paris, but in his films he remains faithful to the country and the people of his origin: In his latest film Heremakono, which screened at Cannes 2002 in “Un certain regard”, he once again returns to Africa.
January 31, 2003