Talking About Trees

  • Suhaib Gasmelbari
  • France, Sudan, Germany, Chad, Qatar
  • 2019
  • 93 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests, Spotlight: Sudan
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In Sudan, cinema is a thing of the past, but four directors and lifelong friends refuse to accept it. They learned their art abroad—one of them is jokingly referred to as the Sudanese Eisenstein by the others. With their Sudanese film club, the men struggle to keep their film culture alive. Much of their work has been lost, but a few excerpts are included in the documentary.

To introduce others to the magic of film, they decide to rent a dilapidated old open-air cinema for a big free screening. But how do you do this in a country where there are power cuts, you lack the equipment and infrastructure, and the call to prayer blares out from mosques on all sides? “How did we used to do it?” they wonder, laughing. Then they realize that there didn’t used to be a call to prayer. Sudan’s repressive and violent history remains in the background, but film is clearly still out of favor with the regime. Nevertheless, the men remain hopeful.

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Talking About Trees (Talking About Trees + Doc Talk, co-presented by IDFA & De Balie)
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Conversation with directors Marwa Zein, Hajooj Kuka and Suhaib Gasmelbari, led by Jelena Sporin. Discount for Cineville members.

Thu 21 November - 20:30 - 22:56
De Balie - Grote Zaal
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Talking About Trees (Talking About Trees + Doc Talk)
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Followed by an interview with the four main characters, led by Seada Nourhussen (chief editor of OneWorld). Discount available for Cineville-members.

Sun 24 November - 16:00 - 18:08
Brakke Grond Grote Zaal
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Talking About Trees
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Discount available for Cineville-members.

Mon 25 November - 12:30 - 14:23
Munt 11
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Talking About Trees (IDFA Tomorrow's Classics)
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Discount available for Cineville members.

Sat 30 November - 15:30 - 21:33
Kriterion 1

Talking About Trees
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Sun 1 December - 15:30 - 17:08
Rialto Bovenzaal
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Credits

  • 93 min
  • color / black and white
  • DCP
Director
Suhaib Gasmelbari
Production
Marie Balducchi for AGAT Films & Cie
Co-production
Goï-Goï Productions, Made in Germany Filmproduktion, Vidéo de Poche, Doha Film Institute
Cinematography
Suhaib Gasmelbari
Editing
Nelly Quettier, Gladys Joujou
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IDFA history

2019
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Spotlight: Sudan
2016
Supported with €40000 for Europe: International Co-production
2015
Supported with €17500 for Classic: Production & postproduction

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