Berlinale

Daratt

Synopsis
Chad 2006: The government has granted amnesty to all war criminals.
Atim, 16 years old, is given a revolver by his grandfather so that he may kill the man who killed his father. Atim leaves his village for N’djamena, seeking a man he does not know. He quickly locates him: former war criminal Nassara is now married and settled down as the owner of a small bakery. With the firm intention of killing him, Atim gets closer to Nassara under the guise of looking for work and is hired as an apprentice baker. Intrigued by Atim’s attitude towards him, Nassara takes him under his wing and teaches him the secrets of making bread. Over the weeks, a strange relationship evolves between the two. Despite his disgust, Atim seems to recognize in Nassara the father figure he has always needed, while Nassara sees the teenager as a potential son and even suggests adoption. Nevertheless, Atim cannot forget why he came here. A violent confrontation seems inevitable…


World Premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2006, Competition

Theatrical release in Germany
March 2008

Awards
Grand Special Jury Award, Venice International Film Festival 2006

Festivals
Venice International Film Festival 2006
Viennale 2006
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2007
Film Festival Tübingen 2007
Film Festival Braunschweig 2007

Chad 2006
Director: Mahamet-Saleh Haroun
Producers: Chinquitty Films (France), Goi – Goi Productions (Chad)
German Distributor: Kairos Filmverleih
World sales: Pyramide International

Funded in the WCF-jury meetings in January 2008
Funding amount: 8,000 €