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Deutschlandpremiere: “Elza” in Anwesenheit der Regisseurin Mariette Monpierre und der Hauptdarstellerin Stana Roumillac

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Info   Tickets: 7,50€; ermäßigt: Berlinpass, 5er & 10er Karte, Gildepass, Heavy User Card; 030 283 46 03; www.hackesche-hoefe.org

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Monpierres vielfach preisgekröntes (u.a. Paul Robeson Award, Best Picture of the Diaspora, FESPACO) Spielfilmdebüt handelt von der emotionalen Reise einer jungen Pariserin, die nach Guadeloupe zurückkehrt, um den Vater zu suchen, an den sie sich kaum erinnert. "Elza" fängt dabei die Leidenschaft und die Wiedersprüche einer Familie ein, die sich im Wandel befindet – und bietet gleichzeitig einen seltenen Insider-Blick auf die Kulturen der Karibik sowie ein Klassensystem, das weiterhin stark auf Hautfarbe basiert.“Elza is a sumptuous, beguiling call to challenge the legacies of slavery (...). That a woman filmmaker is also looking at the ways that constructions of gender and a history of colonialism have complicated these spoken and unspoken laws of race and class (...) is another astonishing feat.” By Diane Sippl, KinocaviarIm Anschluss an die Filmvorführung finden ein Publikumsgespräch mit der Regisseurin Mariette Monpierre und der Protagonistin Stana Roumillac sowie ein kleiner Empfang im Kino-Foyer statt.

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch die Senatskanzlei der Stadt Berlin und Brot für die Welt (EED).

Medienpartner: Africiné, Adefra, SEV-Magazin, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Club der Freunde von RFI, Berlin Poche, rendez-vous-cine.de, Exberliner, multicult.fm, Art Labour Archives, Planète Métis, Contemporary &, Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland, Forschungs- und Dokumentationszentrum Chile-Lateinamerika e.V. (FDCL), Terre des Femmes Stiftung.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGJl9djjAEA

“Like Elza the woman (ripely embodied by Stana Roumillac), “Elza” the movie is sensual, sun-kissed and emotionally secretive. Bathed in the flamingo colors and Caribbean rhythms of its location, this deeply personal debut from the writer and director Mariette Monpierre develops with a lingering attention to sensation and sound. (…) Effectively balancing these grimmer themes, Ms. Roumillac gives Elza a youthful, searching energy.” The New York Times Pick

“Elza” is a dazzling jewel that must be seen, chatted up, tweeted about and supported. It is an absolute winner!” New York Amsterdam News

“Cinematically stunning, “Elza” is an endearing, timely and important feature film about the changing Caribbean family. (...) while reveling in the island’s scenery and music, Monpierre also openly conveys the harshness of a class system based on color.” New York Amsterdam News

“Elza is a sumptuous, beguiling call to challenge the legacies of slavery — the early constructions of race and class codes that became social and economic realities both enforced and resisted for centuries. That a woman filmmaker is also looking at the ways that constructions of gender and a history of colonialism have complicated these spoken and unspoken laws of race and class — not to mention the ways that they have been inherited and implemented in film industries both national and global — is another astonishing feat.” By Diane Sippl, Kinocaviar

Awards & Nominations

  • Winner Best Picture, Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, USA
  • Winner Paul Robeson Award, Best Picture of the Diaspora, FESPACO, Burkina Faso
  • Winner Best Narrative Feature, Roxbury International Film Festival, USA
  • Winner Best First Feature Special Jury Recognition, Pan African Film Festival, L.A.
  • Winner BAFTA Festival Choice and Festival Programmers’ Awards, PAFF, L.A.
  • Runner up Best International Feature, San Francisco Black Film Festival
  • Nominated for Best Picture and Best Screenplay, American Black Film Festival, Miami, USA
  • Nominated for Best Picture, UrbanWorld Film Festival, New York, USA
  • Nominated for Best Picture, BronzeLense Festival, Atlanta, USA
  • Nominated for Best Diaspora Feature, 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Niegeria
  • Nominated for Best Picture, French Afro-Caribbean Arts Awards, France
  • Nominated for Best Foreign Picture and Best Film at Black Reel Awards, USA

    Relevance & Questions Raised
    Elza’s lifelong desire to reunite with a father who abandoned her is widespread. An estimated 50% of African-American and Caribbean children are estranged from their fathers -- a shocking number, given that in many cases these fathers are alive and have simply neglected their responsibility to their children. Is it a coincidence that in most cases these communities have a history of slavery wherein the father was forcibly taken from his family unit? Questions of skin color and ethnic appearance within the black culture are dramatically raised as the story of Elza, her father and his family unfolds with dazzling cinematography on the lush tropical island of Guadeloupe. The universal themes of this compelling film resonate immediately with audiences, and offer hope for future generations of fatherless children.

    Original Soundtrack
    An intoxicating 14-song soundtrack is woven skillfully throughout the drama. Performers include renowned Caribbean musicians Stevy Mahy, Victor O, Dédé Saint Prix, Soft, Krys, Edith Lefel, Rodrigue Marcel, K’Koustik, Jenny Alfa, Malavoi, Neg’Marrons & Lynnsha, Rony Théophile. Musical theme composed by David Fackeure. Complete soundtrack is available on itunes and Amazon.
    Discover the great music of Guadeloupe!

    The Director
    Mariette Monpierre began her career at BBDO New York producing commercials for Pepsi Cola, Visa, Campbell’s, Bayer, Pizza Hut, Gillette and FedEx. Her first short film “Rendez-Vous” had a successful run in several major international film festivals. ELZA is Monpierre’s first feature length film and the first narrative film by a female director shot in Guadeloupe.

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