A Fool God

Hiwot Admasu Getaneh | France, Ethiopia | 2019 | 20'
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from Sun 21 March - 2:00 PM
to Sun 28 March - 11:59 PM
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Synopsis
Without a second’s hesitation, Mesi relieves her younger brother of the task of killing a cockerel, a ritual sacrifice that only men can make. When their mother dies, their grandmother blames her: by disobeying tradition, she has attracted the wrath of God on to the family. Unable to give meaning to her grandmother’s beliefs, the irreverent Mesi begins to interpret the ancient legends in her own way.
Cast
Haimanot Mulugeta, Alemayehu Maremi, Naif Feysel, Seble Tirfe, Merid Tadio, Bekele Assefa
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Deuxième Ligne Films
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Deuxième Ligne Films
Editing
Hiwot Admasu Getaneh
Cinematography
Julia Mingo
Editing
Nicola Sbrulati
Subtitles
Italian
Language
Amharic
Premiere
Italian premiere
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Biography
Hiwot Admasu Getaneh was born in Addis Ababa in 1988 and studied electrical engineering and Information Technology before going on to enrol in Blue Nile Film Academy. Her first short film, New Eyes was presented in 2015 in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival and at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2016, she made a short documentary, Letters from Ethiopia, commissioned by the Rotterdam International Film Festival. A Fool God is her second short fiction film. She has taken part in the Talent Lab of the Toronto International Film Festival, the Addis to Cannes project, which takes emerging Ethiopian filmmakers to Cannes, the Locarno Summer Academy, the Berlinale Talents Campus, the Durban Talents (a workshop for African directors) and the Realness African Screenwriters Residency. She is currently working on the development of her first feature film, Sweet Annoyance.
Filmography
2019 – A Fool God, sf
2016 – Letters from Ethiopia, sf (doc)
2015 – New Eyes, sf

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