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HOLLOW CITY (Na Cidade Vazia)

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HOLLOW CITY (Na Cidade Vazia)

Director: Maria Joao Ganga
Angola   |   2004   |   88 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Set in the aftermath of the Angolan revolution and the devastating results, this film chronicles the impact on even the most innocent. Orphaned at age 11, Ndala arrives in Luanda on a military transport plane filled with other children in the same situation. During the confusion of arrival, he runs away and begins his journey through the unfamiliar and un-welcoming city. Ndala meets Z, an older boy who shares the epic story of a young warrior. Z and his friends, who drift amongst the Luanda homeless, fascinate Ndala and he is tragically pulled into their existence of survival. Maria Joo Ganga presents contrasting visual styles that reflect Ndalas journey. His discovery of the seaside is bathed in brilliant blues and yellows reflecting the purity of sea and sky, in contrast with his connection to Z, bringing him into a clandestine world of interiors with dilapidated apartments and smoky, ramshackle bars redolent of perpetual night.

About the Director Maria João Ganga was born in Huambo, Angola, in 1964. She studied filmmaking at L'école Superieure Libre d'etudes Cinematographiques (ESEC) in Paris. She has served as an assistant director on several documentaries, including Rostov-Luanda by Abderrahmane Sissako, and has also written and directed for theater. Hollow City is her first feature film.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2005 film series.




CAST

N'dala - Roldan Pinto João
Zé - Domingos Fernandes
Joka - Raúl Rosáro
Rosita - Júlia Botelho
Nun - Ana Bustorff

CREW

Director - Maria João Ganga
Production Company - Integrada prod.
Producer - Francois Gonot
Writer - Maria João Ganga
Cinematographer - Jacques Besse
Editor - Pascale Chavance
Sound - Gita Cerveira, Tiago Matos
Music - Ne Goncalves
REVIEWS

"Powerful...Clear-eyed...First rate!" -Variety

"By turns eye-opening and terrifying." -Boston Globe

"Making her feature debut with the clear-eyed, powerful 'Hollow City', Maria Joao Ganga establishes herself as a talent to be watched. First rate!" -Variety

"A hauntingly powerful sketch of the forgotten casualties of Angola's political landscape." -Cambridge Film Festival

"Diligently unsentimental." -Village Voice

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2004
Official Selection, ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Special Jury Prize, PARIS FILM FESTIVAL
PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL OF CRETEIL

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