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Talking About Trees
© Agat Films & Cie
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Suhaib Gasmelbari

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Suhaib Gasmelbari

SON

Elsadig Kamal, Katharina Von Schroeder

MONTAGE

Nelly Quettier, Gladys Joujou

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Agat Films & Cie , Made in Germany Filmproduktion GmbH, Goï-Goï Productions

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  • France, Soudan, Allemagne, Tchad, Qatar | 2019 | 93 minutes
  • Un film de Suhaib Gasmelbari

Talking About Trees parle de quatre amis unis dans un club du film soudanais. Ils ont décidé de rénover une vieille salle de cinéma à Khartoum. Ces retraités veulent transmettre leur passion du 7e art à une population qui n’a pas pu voir de films en salles, et n’a pas accès au cinéma indépendant.

Suliman and three further members of the ‘Sudanese Film Club’ have decided to revive an old cinema. They are united not only by their love of cinema and their passionate desire to restore old film stock and draw attention to Sudanese film history once more, but also by the fact that they have all enjoyed a film education in exile. Tirelessly, they try to get the cinema’s owners on their side and make the place operational again, but repeatedly find themselves up against considerable resistance. In the meantime, they sit together and talk about the past – including their experiences of persecution and even torture as oppositional artists. They also read out old letters written while in exile and dream of a Sudan in which art and intellectual thought can be free. ‘We are smarter than them, but not as strong,’ is how they unanimously summarise their situation. It is in laconic moments such as these that the viewer is able to perceive the friendship, as well as the bond and ideological solidarity that exists in the struggle for common ideals.
Suhaib Gasmelbari puts the history of Sudanese cinema at the centre of his film and at the same time sheds light on the current situation in a country shaken by ongoing crises.

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