April 13, 2011
Studio: Film Movement
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriter: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Starring: Youssouf Djaoro, Dioucounda Koma, Emile Abossolo M'bo
Shot in Chad, portraying the psychological fall-out of an endless civil war, "A Screaming Man" is titled ironically, from a director who credits Ozu as his strongest influence. Adam is a former swimming medalist, now a middle-aged hotel employee and head "pool man," who maintains this calm oasis as much for his own benefit as for the hotel's Western guests. The tensions between the father and his adult son are exacerbated when Adam loses his job to the younger man and the fragile world they both inhabit begins to crumble. With subtlety and grace, Haroun's modern fable eschews histrionics for a smart, restrained, yet deeply feeling drama in which personality, politics and place define its characters' reality. Winner, Jury Prize, 2010 Cannes Film Festival.