Udju azul di Yonta

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Udju azul di Yonta

Flora GomesGuinea-Bissau – 1992

Flora Gomes tells a tragicomic love story in a colourful, poignant and loving way. Young Yonta is growing up in Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa, a country that won independence less than 20 years ago. All day long, she thinks of no one else but Vicente, a friend of her parents and a former freedom fighter. Vicente, however, has no interest in Yonta whatsoever. And she, in turn, pays no attention whatsoever to Zé, a young man who worships her.

Original Title Udju azul di Yonta
German Title Die blauen Augen der Yonta
French Title Les yeux bleus de Yonta
Other Titles The Blue Eyes of Yonta
Directed by Flora Gomes
Country Guinea-Bissau
Available Formats 35mm, DVD, DCP
Screenplay Flora Gomes, Ina Cesaire, David Lang, Manuel Rambout Barcelos
Film Editing Dominique Paris, Leandro Ferreira, Ana Silva
Soundtrack Adriano Gomes Ferreira
Cinematography Dominique Gentil
Sound Pierre Donnadieu, Anita Fernández
Costumes Teresa Campos, Seco Faye
Production Vermedia (Portugal), Cooperativa Cultural Arco-Iris (Guinea-Bissau), Eurocreations Productions (FR)
Runtime 97 Min.
Language Portugiesisch, Kreolisch/d/f
Actors
Maysa Marta Yonta
Pedro Dias
Antonio Simao Mendes Vincente
Mohamed Lamine Seidi Amilcar
Dina Vaz Mana
Bia Gomes Belante
Awards

Festival Cannes 1992
Sélection Officielle

Carthage 1992
Tanit in Bronze
Schauspieler-Preis für Mohamed Lamine Seidi

Thessaloniki 1992
Grosser Spezialpreis
Silberner Alexander

«Ein ausgefallener, leichtfüssiger Film mit einem federnden, in karibischer Art verträumten Rhythmus.» Variety

«Flora Gomes' herrlicher Film bewegt sich mit dem gleichen Gang wie Yontas Mutter - praktisch aller Frauen in Bissau: einem unnachahmlichen, zugleich graziösen und kraftvollen Schaukeln. Ein scherzender, luftiger Film.» Libération

«Le film de Flora Gomes a la fraîcheur et l'efficacité didactique d'une imagerie sociale allant à Il essentiel: les espoirs et les aspirations de lajeunesse, dans la ville de Bissau, une vingtaine d'années après l'indépendance du pays.» Le Monde

«Nach dem durchbruch des afrikanischen Kinos öffnet Flora Gomes einen heiteren, intelligenten und vor allem humanistischen Weg, der diesem Kino den längst fälligen Pulikumserfolg bringen könnte.» Positif

«Ein Film von ugewöhnlicher Sensibilität und grossem Einfallsreichtum.» Jeune Afrique

«Le vrai sujet du film, c'est Bissau, sa vie, ses gosses, ses craintes, ses espoirs et une formidable chaleur qui éclate de chaque image. Simple et superbe.» Ciné-Feuilles





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