The Gravedigger’s Wife

Khadar Ayderus Ahmed | Finland, Germany, France | 2021 | 83'
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Original title
La Femme du fossoyeur
Synopsis
Guled and Nasra live in the outskirts of the city of Djibouti with their teenage son, Mahad. Guled earns something to live on working as a gravedigger. When Nasra falls ill and urgently needs an expensive operation, their lives are transformed into a hell. To save his beloved wife, Guled ignores her warnings and throws himself into a last act of devotion by facing an epic journey amid the stony and desertic landscapes of the Horn of Africa.
Cast
Omar Abdi, Yasmin Warsame, Kadar Abdoul-Aziz Ibrahim
Films Distribution
Orange Studio
Production
Bufo, Twenty Twenty Vision, Pyramide Productions
Editing
Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
Cinematography
Arttu Peltomaa
Editing
Sebastian Thumler
Language
Somali
Subtitles
English, Italian
Premiere
Italian premiere
Main awards
Amplify Voice Award (Toronto IFF), Best Film (Fespaco, Festival Panafricain du Cinéma de Ouagadougou), Best Film (African Movie Academy Awards), Fipresci Special Mention (Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage), Audience Award (Oslo Films from the South Festival).
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Biography
Khadar Ayderus Ahmed was born in Mogadishu in 1982. He has made several short films which have had an excellent reception at international festivals, including The Night Thief, in 2017. In parallel with his career as a director, he is also a screenplay writer. The Gravedigger’s Wife is his debut feature film and was developed during his Residence at the Cinéfondation of Cannes in 2015. Selected at Critics' Week in Cannes 2021 the film won 21 prizes all over the world.
Filmography
2021 – The Gravedigger's Wife, ff
2017 – The Night Thief, sf

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