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Waiting for happiness

Waiting for happiness

A Feature film by Abderrahmane Sissako

Produced by Duo Films

Release in France : 15/01/2003

    Synopsis

    Nouadhibou is a small town attached to a peninsula on the Mauritanian coast. Abdallah joins his mother there while waiting for his departure for Europe. The young man doesn’t understand the language of this place of exile and fragile hopes and tries to decipher the world that surrounds him. There is Nana, a sensual young woman who wants to seduce him; Makan, who like him, dreams of Europe; Maata, once a fisherman and now an electrician, and his apprentice, Kahtra. He’s the one who teaches Abdallah the local language so that he can break out of the silence within which he is trapped. These people continually cross paths, their gazes fixed on distant horizons while waiting for a hypothetical happiness.

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Duo Films

    French distribution :

    Haut et Court

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Celluloid Dreams

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    Photos (5)

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producer :

    Abderrahmane Sissako

    Director of Photography :

    Jacques Besse

    Assistant Operator :

    Julien Bureau

    Press Attaché (film) :

    André-Paul Ricci

    Production Designers :

    Joseph Kpobly, Laurent Cavero

    Sound Mixer :

    Laurent Dreyer

    Screenwriter :

    Abderrahmane Sissako

    Sound recordists :

    Antoine Ouvrier, Alioune Mbow

    Production managers :

    Nicolas Royer, Maji-da Abdi

    Editor :

    Nadia Ben Rachid

    Special Effects :

    Arthur Deleu

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French, Hassianya

    Coproducer countries :

    Mauritania, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Mauritania, France)

    Production year :

    2002

    French release :

    15/01/2003

    Runtime :

    1 h 35 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    100.867

    Visa issue date :

    23/01/2003

    Approval :

    No

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)

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    Festival Selections (12)

    Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2007

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2007)

    Selection

    Main Program Section Feature Films

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2002

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2002)

    Selection

    Panorama of World Cinema

    TIFF - 2002

    TIFF (Canada, 2002)

    Selection

    Planet Africa

    Cannes Film Market - 2002

    Cannes Film Market (France, 2002)

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    Cannes International Film Festival - 2002

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 2002)

    Selection

    Un Certain Regard

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