9th edition: 21 April – 26 April 2020

Ayiti mon amour (2016 Feature Film) Nominee

Guetty Felin | Haiti | 2016 | 88 min | French, Creole, English, Japanese | e.s.

Well over five years after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, the poverty-stricken island’s inhabitants feel abandoned by God and the rest of the world. What remains are the painful memories and hope for better days. However, luckily a dash of magic provides solace in this neo-realist fairy tale.

A Haitian teenager becomes obsessed with learning Japanese, refuses to speak French to his mother and doesn’t want to interact with his peers. Nothing has been the same since his father’s sudden death during the 2010 earthquake. Then he discovers he has a special gift. In the meantime, an old fisherman who lives nearby is worried about his beloved wife. She suffers from a mysterious disease that can only be cured by the sea. But how? A little way away, the female character of an author with writer’s block comes to life. She too has a lot to solve still on this disaster-prone Caribbean island. The emphasis in this minimalist, neo-realist fairy tale – primarily shot using natural light – is on the strength of humans and nature. And on the sudden instances of magic that can help the desperate.

Place: CINEMA 5

Date: 8 April 2016

Time: 21:45

Duration: 1:30

Place: CINEMA 5

Date: 9 April 2016

Time: 13:00

Duration: 1:30

Place: CINEMA 5

Date: 10 April 2016

Time: 18:45

Duration: 1:30

Year in
Festival

2016

Director

Guetty Felin

Camera

Hervé Cohen

Cast

Joakim Cohen
Anisia Uzeyman
Jaures Andris
Judith Jeudy
Pascale Faublas
James Noel
Simbi Duplan

Country

Haiti

Editor

Stéphane Vernet Augustin
Isabelle Devinck

Language

French
Creole
English
Japanese

Length

88 min

Music

Mike Morasky

Producer

Guetty Felin
Hervé Cohen

Production Company

BelleMoon Productions
2004Images-Haiti

Scenario

Guetty Felin

Sound Design

Yeelen Cohen
Sapha SamedyReay

Year of Production

2016

Guetty FELIN-COHEN works as an independent filmmaker. After attending the Paris School of Cinema she has lived in the USA, France and Haiti where she made various films and reports for European and American TV channels. She regularly collaborates with her partner Hervé Cohen.

 

Filmography

(selection) Closer to the Dream (2009, doc, co-dir), Broken Stones (2012, doc), Ayiti mon amour (2016)