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Cinéma/TV
LONG Métrage |
Ailleurs [real: Leslie Tô]
Pays concerné : Burkina Faso
Durée : 96 minutes
Type : fiction

Français

Elena a deux pères, tous deux décédés. Son père biologique appartenait à une puissante confrérie païenne et, à cause de cela, n’a jamais été autorisé à rencontrer sa fille. La figure paternelle avec laquelle elle a grandi était un expatrié français.

Alors qu’Elena approche de l’adolescence, elle se retrouve à vouloir désespérément se rapprocher d’une culture qui n’est pas la sienne. Elle idolâtre les femmes de ses romans Arlequin et rêve de trouver un jour son propre amant européen.

Du fond d’un monde qu’elle ne connaît pas encore, son père sent qu’elle s’éloigne de lui et tente de communiquer avec elle. Mais Elena ne sait pas encore écouter…

Lorsque la mère d’Elena lui promet de l’envoyer à l’étranger pour poursuivre ses études si elle réussit son examen, elle s’extasie et s’applique. Mais une de ses camarades de classe, Clémence, a d’autres priorités. Les deux filles commencent comme des ennemies, l’une occupée à défendre les principes qu’elles sont censées respecter à l’école, l’autre à défendre son droit d’être le clown de la classe.

Un jour, Elena a la chance de rencontrer un prince charmant semblable à celui qu’elle a lu dans ses romans Arlequin. Lorsque l’expérience la laisse avec un sentiment de rejet et des cicatrices, Clémence semble être la seule capable de lui apporter du réconfort.

Son amitié naissante avec Clémence lui permet de libérer l’esprit libre qu’elle enferme depuis si longtemps. Cela donne à Elena le courage d’écouter une mystérieuse force surnaturelle dans son environnement ; celui qui lui permet de se connecter enfin avec un père et un monde qu’elle n’a jamais connus…

un film de Leslie TÔ

Burkina Faso / États-Unis, long métrage fiction, 1h36

Titre : AILLEURS
Titre anglais : AWAY
Pays : Burkina Faso, USA
Type : long métrage fiction
Durée : 96 mins (1h36)
Genre : Drame
Langue : anglais
Année du projet de film : 2012

RÉALISATRICE
Leslie Tô

SCÉNARISTE
Leslie Tô (Idée originale)

PRODUCTION
Je t’aime pictures
01 b.p. 6270
01 Ouagadougou 01
je.taime.pics(@)gmail.com

FESTIVALS

2012 | 65è Festival de Locarno (Locarno, Suisse) | 01-11|8|2012
* Sélection – Projet : Open Doors – Focus on Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa (4-7|8|2012)
https://eave.org/eave_documents/OpenDoors2.pdf
www.locarnofestival.ch/fr/LFF/press/press-releases/2020/The-12-selected-projects-Open-Doors.html
www.locarnofestival.ch/LFF/program/archive/film.html?fid=599906&l=en&eid=65

English

Away
Elena has two fathers, both of whom are deceased. Her biological father belonged to a powerful pagan brotherhood, and because of it, was never allowed to meet his daughter. The father figure she grew up with was a French expatriate.

As Elena inches toward adolescence, she finds herself desperately wanting to be closer to a culture that is not her own. She idolizes the women in her Harlequin novels and dreams of one day finding her very own European lover.

From the depths of a world she doesn’t yet know, her father senses she is growing further away from him and attempts to communicate with her. But Elena doesn’t yet know how to listen…

When Elena’s mother promises to send her abroad to continue her studies if she passes her exam, she is ecstatic and applies herself. But one of her classmates, Clemence, has other priorities. The two girls start off as enemies, one busy defending the principles they are expected to uphold in school, the other defending her right to be the class clown.

One day Elena gets the chance to meet a prince charming similar to the one she has read about in her Harlequin novels. When the experience leaves her feeling rejected and scarred, Clemence seems to be the only one able to provide solace.

Her blossoming friendship with Clemence allows her to unleash the free spirit she has been keeping locked up for so long. It gives Elena the courage to listen to a mysterious supernatural force in her environment; one which allows her to finally connect with a father and a world she has never known…

Burkina Faso · Color · 96′

Director »s note
Away tells the story of a young girl who embodies a young Africa. Elena represents a youth that is constantly reminded, and thus convinced, of the inferiority of its own traditions.

When it is considered unacceptable to publicly state that one is an animist in societies where people still very much adhere to animist traditions, it is a reminder of the inferiority associated with this paradigm. When we see political leaders dressed in three-piece suits, it is a reminder of the inadequateness of our dress. When we see women bleach their skin and relax their hair beyond recognition, it is a reminder that what we are is insufficient. When we see people who don’t adhere to these norms of civility publicly humiliated and scorned, it reinforces the idea that to assert any sort of pride in who we are is uncivilized, backward and threatening. It reinforces the idea that what we are is not enough; that we need to be reshaped, refined and repackaged.

Not many people have had the courage to confront the good and the bad in our traditions and allow those traditions to evolve on their own terms. What we have seen is people run away from this responsibility because it is easy for them to do so under the guise of pursuing a more developed ‘modern’ life. Elena’s journey is thus to confront her traditions and allow them to lead her to her own unique evolution.

Away is a story of unabashed self-discovery. It is a culmination of personal and fictional experiences, anchored in a time when girls can still be girls and dare to do and say things they won’t be able to for much longer.

a film by Leslie TÔ

Burkina Faso/USA, feature film, 1hr36

Year of the film project: 2012
Titre: AWAY
French Title: AILLEURS
Countries: Burkina Faso, USA
Type: Feature film
Duration: 96 mins (1h36)
Genre: Drama
Budget: 450’757 Euro

DIRECTOR
Leslie Tô

SCREENWRITER
Leslie Tô (Based on Original Idea)

PRODUCTION
Je t’aime pictures
01 b.p. 6270
01 Ouagadougou 01
[email protected]


Company »s Profile
Je t’aime Pictures is a new production company based in Burkina Faso. It was created to produce and distribute original African content. It is currently developing a television pilot called Taper Les Divers, a mosaic of comedy sketches that interpret the quintessential aspects of life in Ouagadougou. Away will be its first feature film.


FESTIVALS

2012 | 65th Locarno Film Festival (Locarno, Switzerland) | 01-11|8|2012
* Selection – Project : Open Doors – Focus on Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa (4-7|8|2012)
Scheduled Shooting place: Ouagadougou
Scheduled Shooting start date: 06/2013
Production status [July 2012]: Writing / Development
Budget: 450’757 Euro (Financing in place: 10’000 Euro)
https://eave.org/eave_documents/OpenDoors2.pdf
www.pardolive.ch/en/Industry/Open-Doors/film.html?fid=599906&sl=en
www.locarnofestival.ch/LFF/program/archive/film.html?fid=599906&l=en&eid=65

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IT
Burkina Faso · Colore · 96′

Regia: Leslie Tô

Produzione
Je t’aime pictures
01 b.p. 6270
01 Ouagadougou 01
[email protected]mail.com
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