Waiting for Happiness
aka Heremakono
First screened in August 2014
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako. Cast: Khatra Ould Abder Kader, Maata Ould Mohamed Abeid, Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed, Makanfing Dabo, Fatimetou Mint Ahmeda, Nana Diakaté, Mickaël Onoimweniku, Diallo Ibrahima Sory, Cheick Oumar Tembely, Baba Ould Mini, Santha Leng, Jerib Ould Jiddou, Mohamed Lemine, Mohamed Salem Ould Dendou, Aminala Tembely, Abderrahmane Ould Ahmed Salem, Taleb Ould Sisi. Screenplay: Abderrahmane Sissako.

Twitter Capsule: Memorable, beautiful communal impression. Still, Sissako's pace demands patience even from arthouse patrons.

VOR:   The rare West African film to attain even nominal U.S. distribution, and a mannered, mysterious, yet fully accessible torch-bearer for that perennially undervalued body of work.

Photo © 2002 Duo Films/Arte France Cinéma, © 2003 New Yorker Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Cannes Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize (Un Certain Regard)

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