A SEASON IN FRANCE (UNE SAISON EN FRANCE)
Abbas (Eriq Ebouaney) is living the life of many migrant workers. Formerly a scholar in his home country of the Central African Republic, he now crates produce for a vendor in Paris, trying to make ends meet so that his children can have a stable life away from the civil war violence that left them motherless. As Abbas awaits news on gaining asylum, he spends time with his girlfriend Carole (French icon Sandrine Bonnaire), who is a French citizen but the daughter of immigrants, and his brother Etienne, who has internalized his own painful struggles to a dangerous degree. With A SEASON IN FRANCE, Chadian auteur Mahamat-Saleh Haroun gives us an urgently empathetic portrait of lives uprooted, hanging in the balance of borders and bureaucracies. – Beth Hanna
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was born in Abéché, Chad. He studied at Paris' Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma. His credits include ABOUNA (2002), DRY SEASON (2006), A SCREAMING MAN (AFI FEST 2010) and HISSEIN HABRÉ, A CHADIAN TRAGEDY (2016). A SEASON IN FRANCE is his latest film. In 2017, he was appointed Minister of Culture, Art and Tourism of Chad.
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