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Telling the story of a child soldier now become adult and macchiatosi of horrible crimes, Sékou Traoré in L'oeil du cyclone avoids easy convictions and digs into the psychology of the characters rather to bring out the truth anything but obvious. Presented at the 25th edition of the African Film Festival, Asia and Latin America.

"Seriously," a scripted destiny

Emma, a successful lawyer, accepts a cause already lost, the defense of a rebel, child soldier became now an adult, who is guilty of heinous crimes. The authorities want to execute him and is preparing a fake trial. Emma does not stop at appearances, and want to know more about the man's life and crimes of which he is guilty. [synopsis]

European Premiere in special events section "Flash" in the 25th edition of the African Film Festival of Asia and Latin America, L'oeil du cyclone Sékou Traoré wins the viewer frame after frame. In the history of cinema also some more recent films such as Blood Diamond Edward Zwick - pointing the finger at the illegal trade in diamonds which is funded (is) no civil wars - or the documentary Invisible Children, directed by Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey and Laren Poole have faced the serious problem of child soldiers in developing countries, but rarely the focus was the eye of the camera on the child as an adult.

Screenwriter Luis Marques develops in L'oeil du cyclone this aspect: t ...

Telling the story of a child soldier now become adult and macchiatosi of horrible crimes, Sékou Traoré in L’oeil du cyclone avoids easy convictions and digs into the psychology of the characters rather to bring out the truth anything but obvious. Presented at the 25th edition of the African Film Festival, Asia and Latin America.

“Seriously,” a scripted destiny

Emma, a successful lawyer, accepts a cause already lost, the defense of a rebel, child soldier became now an adult, who is guilty of heinous crimes. The authorities want to execute him and is preparing a fake trial. Emma does not stop at appearances, and want to know more about the man’s life and crimes of which he is guilty. [synopsis]

European Premiere in special events section “Flash” in the 25th edition of the African Film Festival of Asia and Latin America, L’oeil du cyclone Sékou Traoré wins the viewer frame after frame. In the history of cinema also some more recent films such as Blood Diamond Edward Zwick – pointing the finger at the illegal trade in diamonds which is funded (is) no civil wars – or the documentary Invisible Children, directed by Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey and Laren Poole have faced the serious problem of child soldiers in developing countries, but rarely the focus was the eye of the camera on the child as an adult.

Screenwriter Luis Marques develops in L’oeil du cyclone this aspect: to know, though, that nothing will ever be quite as we imagine, even when everything will seem obvious.

A central point of this feature lies in the idea of starting that conceals itself an educational way: one who is easily attributed as the executioner can and should have the right to a defense, and yet “no one wants to compromise with the rebels.” It is here that comes into action the success Emma Tou (Maimouna N’Diaye lawyer), which – like all – does not hide his fears before the one who is described as a monster not only for the acts of which he is accused, but also for animalistic attitudes ( “does not speak, growls and smears”). so initially she also does not want to have to deal with a case so hot, it will primarily be the meeting with the man and the tenacity of his assistant to make them glimpse the truth behind it.

The authorities, in reality, are staging a fake trial, behind closed doors, with the exception of some journalists admitted so as to highlight the event on TV and radio, dressing all in a democratic guise. Thanks also editor (Isabelle Proust), Traoré points out simply and effectively the different powers in the field, including the “fourth estate” and the conditioning of the family, but how far things will go as planned? We can not reveal too much of the plot the more considered a stroke of unexpected scene that comes like a punch in the stomach thanks to the skill of the director and technical staff in building a good pace while keeping alive the attention of the viewer.

On the surface you would think that is the argument in itself the strength and almost a “tricksy” that inevitably attracts, but that would not be enough without the skill of the performers, and a development of the story that captures and immersed in social and human dynamics capable to fathom such a delicate subject.

Film adaptation of a play of great success, L’oeil du cyclone is a journey that goes beyond those red and liquid eyes of him that was private and childhood has known only the smell of death. Of those who do still call Hitler and Mussolini barely remember his first name. And at night they return to visit him the faces of men, women, children and families who intercepted his way of child soldier. There is a moment in which a Red Cross worker points out to Emma how these men should be almost “reset” after being brought up like that and the actor who plays the rebellious, Fargass Assandé, is extraordinary in the making, also through gesture more subtle, the dichotomy between the lucidity to remember the missions and loss of control.

We are mentioning this, L’oeil du cyclone goes against the simplistic division of good / bad, and those patterns usually applied to pigeonhole a person and sinks look in institutional and human corruption; But beware: do not want to act as a work that justifies those who have committed heinous crimes; rather try to dig into some of the mechanisms.

The Sékou Traoré film reminds us, on the other hand, the right to truth and does so without easy moralizing.

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