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Nyo Vweta Nafta
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Nyo Vweta Nafta

Ico Costa

2017 / Mozambique, Portugal / 21 min

i Sunday 26 March 13H40 Cinéma 2
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English + DEBATE

Shown with :
Wled Bayrout by Sarah Srage
i Tuesday 28 March 16H10 Luminor
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English + DEBATE

Shown with :
Wled Bayrout by Sarah Srage
i Wednesday 29 March 14H00 Centre Wallonie Bruxelles
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English

Shown with :
Wled Bayrout by Sarah Srage

The filmmaker returns to Inhambane, in Mozambique, where he lived in 2010. He wants to find his friend Nafta but also take the temperature of a young generation that cleans houses or washes cars while waiting to make its fortune abroad. “The richer a country, the fewer toothpicks it has! In Norway, there aren’t any…” The absurd drollery of some dialogues, the originality of the framing, the 16mm grain and the freedom of editing also convey the nonstop ping-pong between the sexes. “I want to buy you a car… You’re going to give me a son…” Yet Lisbon-born Ico Costa never locks this generation into frivolity or the transience of the moment. The reading of a text on Portuguese colonialism pops up without warning and one of the boys corrects the speaker who complains that “his grandparents at least had a job”: “They were exploited!” A magnificent sequence at the baobab tree, breaking the flat horizontality of “lazing around” and climbing towards the treetop, brings this diffracted group portrait to a close. (Charlotte Garson)

Production: Terratreme Filmes

Print source: Portugal Film - Portuguese

Ico Costa graduated from ESTC in Lisboa and from Le Fresnoy in France. His works include Libhaketi (2012), Quatro Horas Descalço (2012), Corrente (2013) and Antero (2014). They have been screened at major international festivals.