Innovative Director Kim Nguyen
Germany- Berlin | Mar 9 2012 | (03:03:14 - EDT)
EYES IN Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian van Dijk interviewed film director Kim Nguyen at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival about his film "War Witch."
In 2002, kim nguyen wrote and directed his first feature: Le Marais. The film received 6 Jutra nominations including Best Film and Best Director. His second feature, Truffe, which he wrote, directed and produced, stars Roy Dupuis and was the opening at Montreal's FANTASIA Film Festival in 2008. It also garnered international awards including Best Film at the Karlovy Vary Fresh Film Festival.
In 2009, he director "La Cite" an international co-production starring Jean Marc Barr. "War Witch," his latest feature film was entirely show in the Democratic Republic of Congo in July 2011 and had it's world premiere in competitiion at Berlinale 2012.
War Witch Synopsis
A civil war in Africa. After her village is burned down by rebels and her parents are killed, Komona is forced into the jungle as a child soldier. Her brutal commander not only trains her in the use of arms but also orders her to sleep with him. Searching for shelter amidst the horror, she turns to a slightly older boy with white hair who she calls ‘Magician’ and falls in love with.
After they escape from the camp together, Komona does her utmost to return to her village. She wants to bury her parents to prevent them having to eternally wander the wasted land as ghosts...
Told throughout from the perspective of an adolescent girl, the film – shot in authentic locations in Congo and cast mainly with non-professional actors – visualises the horrors of civil war and the suffering of children and civilians.
Realistic images are interspersed with dream sequences which are rooted in African legends and which resonate with infinite grief about hardship and misery. Despite all the horrors she encounters, Komona proves to be a beacon of hope for a continent yearning for peace and humanity.
Watch the "War Witch" trailer here.
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