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SLEEPWALKING LAND (Terra Sonâmbula)

Director: Teresa Prata
Mozambique   |   2007   |   97 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis In the midst of Mozambique's devastating civil war, Muidinga, an orphaned refugee, wanders the countryside in search of his mother. His only companion is an elderly storyteller, and the only guide to finding his mother is a dead man's diary. Together, the storyteller and diary lead him on a magical, and sometimes macabre, journey across war-torn landscapes to find the family he lost. Based on Mia Coutou's acclaimed Portuguese novel of the same name, Teresa Prata's transporting drama underscores the power of imagination in surviving, and ultimately overcoming, the catastrophe of war.

About the Director Teresa Prata was born in Portugal and spent her childhood in Mozambique. She studied biology at the University of Coimbra and holds a degree in Screenwriting and Directing from the German Film and Television School. She began her career working at an art gallery and has made several experimental videos and installations. Sleepwalking Land is her first feature film.

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

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Featured in the Global Lens 2009 film series.



CAST

Muidinga - Nick Lauro Teresa
Tuahir - Aladino Jasse
Kindzu - Hélio Fumo
Farida - Ilda Gonzalez

CREW

Director - Teresa Prata
Writer - Teresa Prata
Producers - Pandora Da Cunha Telles, António Da Cunha Telles, Camilo de Sousa
Cinematographer - Dominique Gentil
Editor - Paulo Rebelo
Sound - Carlos Alberto Lopes
Music - Alex Goretzki
REVIEWS

“Filmmaker Teresa Prata creates an affecting portrait of life during wartime. Ms. Prata, a skilled storyteller with a clear, unsentimental eye, neatly balances large-scale horror with a small-scale point of view charged with simple, direct feeling.” –The New York Times

“The unquantifiable toll of Mozambique's long civil war suffuses 'Sleepwalking Land', an emotionally affecting tale-within-a-tale helmed and scripted by Brazilian-born Teresa Prata. Originating with the wanderings of a young boy and an older man before spinning into a story that adds layers of resonance, this long-gestating pic works as a parable for a society struggling to cope with its evisceration.” –Variety

“'Sleepwalking Land' is one of the most interesting and realistic films on Africa. If you accept magical realism as a tool to narrate a realistic socio-political scenario in Africa, both Mia Couto and Teresa Prata have much to offer and delight your senses.” –Dear Cinema

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

2008
FIPRESCI Prize; Best Film, KERALA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Director, PUNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, FJAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Prémio Da Lusofina, FAMAFEST
Signis Award, AFRICAN ASIAN AND LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL OF MILAN
Audience Award, INDIE LISBOA
Official Selection, BURSA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CALCUTTA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CINES DEL SUR – FESTIVAL DE GRANADA
ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ZIMBABWE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2007
RIO DE JANEIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MANNHEIM-HEIDELBERG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

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