Fiche Film
Cinéma/TV
LONG Métrage | 1999
Otomo
Frieder Schlaich
Titre anglais : Otomo
Pays concerné : Allemagne
Réalisateur(s) : Frieder Schlaich
Avec : Isaach de Bankolé, Irene Von Alberti, Frieder Schlaich, Eva Mattes
Durée : 84
Genre : drame
Type : fiction

Français

Film de fiction avec Isaach de Bankolé (Black Mic Mac, Chocolat, S’en Fout la Mort) dans le rôle principal basé sur une histoire vraie. Stuttgart, Allemagne. Un simple contrôle de ticket dans le tramway déclenche le drame: Frederic Otomo, demandeur d’asile d’Afrique de l’Ouest, est saisi par la panique et prend la fuite après avoir bousculé les agents qui venaient de l’interpeller. La chasse à l’homme commence… Un film qui explore le racisme institutionnalisé, la xénophobie et la déshumanisation qui en résulte.

English

To be ordered from ArtMattan Productions (www.africanfilm.com)
Director: Frieder Schlaich
Language: German with English subtitles

A powerful film portraying institutionalized racism and police brutality, Otomo provides a convincing look at the everyday world of refugees, who are continuously surrounded by tension and insecurity. In the summer of 1989, a Stuttgart newspaper reported the true story of a West African asylum seeker who physically assaulted an intolerant subway ticket-taker; fled, and became the target of a city-wide manhunt. Otomo is a sober, fictionalized reconstruction of a tale that shocked Stuttgart, and a gripping portrait of how institutionalized racism drives a disempowered individual to violence and inhumanity.

West African immigrant Frederic Otomo (Isaach de Bankole) lacks the proper papers to be hired for the most menial of jobs; he has survived for eight years with the help of a Catholic charity. Otomo is the target of verbal abuse, is thrown out of his boarding house, and even scorned by neighborhood dogs. He feels and looks out of place. A stoic bubbling pot of wrath on the run, de Bankole’s performance establishes Otomo’s essence without words-language cannot express the gravity of his situation. As a ticking soundtrack counts down his fated minutes, Otomo is helped by a kind, aging hippie and her granddaughter, establishing the potential for an inclusive German society….if it is not too late…
Best Actress, Valenciennes Film Festival 2000



DVD Release Date: 11/28/2006
Original Release: 2000

UPC: 736899102524
Source: ART MATTAN
Presentation: Wide Screen
Editions: Subtitled
Time: 1:24:00
Sales Rank: 55,020


Bonus feature film: WAALO FANDO by Mohammed Soudani; Otomo trailer; Chapters