Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Austria /Belgium/Chad/France, 2006, 96 minutes
Winner — Grand Jury Prize, 2006 Venice Film Festival
Official Selection — 2006 Toronto Film Festival
Taking place in Chad, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's Daratt has the sparse and cryptic feel of ancient myth. Having found out that the murderer of his son is to be granted Amnesty after the civil war, a grandfather sends his grandson on a quest: Kill the murderer. Do not return until you do. Thus, Atim embarks on a journey to N'Djamena, the capitol, to seek out his target, the baker Nassara. But Nassara is a haunted man, who has lost his larynx, and whose bakery is in danger of bankruptcy. When he takes Atim in as an apprentice, Atim soon finds that taking the life of another man is not a simple matter. Told as a series of beautifully composed tableaus, Daratt has its own voice and vocabulary with which it tells an eternal story of revenge and redemption.
“…the film has the feel of a gift.” — Manohla Dargis, New York Times
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