OUR LADY OF THE NILE
Notre Dame du Nil
GRIPPING OBSERVATION OF A GIRLS BOARDING SCHOOL IN RWANDA 1973
France/Belgium/Rwanda 2019. Director: Atiq Rahimi. Screenplay: Ramata Toulaye-Sy. 93 Min. Fiction. French / Kinyarwanda Original with English subtitles. Released for audiences from 12 years of age. Recommended for audience from 15 years of age.
In Rwanda in 1973, a group of girls live in an elite Catholic boarding school in the mountains. They share their everyday life and their dreams, apparently regardless of whether they belong to the Hutu or Tutsi ethnic groups. But the ethnic conflicts hang like a thunderstorm over the girls and unfold in ever more massive clashes, which eventually lead to a wave of violence. The literary film adaptation, inspired by true events, draws the path to the catastrophe of 1994 in a gripping dramaturgy, haunting depictions and a poetic-symbolic visual language in the microcosm of the boarding school. (HA)
Atiq Rahimi (*1962– Kabul, Afghanistan) is a writer and director. His first feature film EARTH AND ASHES won the “Prix du Regard vers l’Avenir” of the “Un Certain Regard” section in Cannes 2004. In 2011, he adapted his debut novel Syngué Sabour: The Patience Stone, winner of the Prix Goncourt in 2008, as a screenplay and made it into a film. OUR LADY OF THE NILE, an adaptation of Scholastique Mukasonga’s novel of the same name, is Atiq Rahimi’s third feature film.
2019 OUR LADY OF THE NILE | 2012 THE PATIENCE STONE | 2004 EARTH AND ASHES | 2002 AFGHANISTAN, UN ÉTAT IMPOSSIBLE? | 2001 NOUS AVONS PARTAGÉ LE PAIN ET LE SEL