Fiche Film
Cinéma/TV
LONG Métrage | 2016
Kati Kati
Mbithi Masya
Pays concerné : Kenya
Réalisateur(s) : Mbithi Masya
Avec : Ginger Wilson, Tom Tykwer, Marie Steinmann, Sarika Lakhani, Andrew Mungai
Durée : 75
Genre : drame
Type : fiction

Français

Une plongée dans le passé violent du Kenya.
Quand Kaleche se réveille au milieu du désert, elle n’a aucune idée de comment elle est arrivée là : la jeune femme est amnésique. Elle se dirige vers Kati Kati, un hôtel voisin, où elle rencontre une équipe hétéroclite de résidents sous la direction de Thoma. Alors que Kaleche noue une amitié rapide et intense avec lui, elle découvre qu’il y a beaucoup de choses cachées par Thoma et dans ce mystérieux Kati Kati.

Un film de Mbithi Masya

Kenya / Allemagne, 2015, Fiction, 75 minutes, 14A, couleur, Swahili / anglais

avec Nyokabi Gethaiga, Elsaphan Njora

Premier long métrage

Tags: Film, Sub-Saharan Africa, Relationships, Drama, Black + African Diaspora, First Feature, Illness + Death

Langues : Swahili / anglais
Genre : Drame
Pays : Kenya
Année : 2016
Durée : 75 minutes

Producteurs :
Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Siobhain « Ginger » Wilson, Tom Tykwer, Katja Lebedjewa, Marie Steinmann-Tykwer

Réalisateur : Mbithi Masya

Ecrit par Mbithi Masya, Mugambi Nthiga

Images : Andrew « Dru » Mungai

Décors : Emmanuel Mrabu

Musique Originale : Sean Peevers, Ibrahim Sidede, Just A Band

Montage : Louizah Wanjiku

Production :
One Fine Day Films
Ginger Ink. Films

avec le soutien de
Ministère allemand pour la Coopération Économique et le Développement
Arri Media
Goehde Foundation


2017 | Oscars, USA
* Candidat officiel du Kenya (en septembre 2017), pour l’Oscar du Meilleur film en langue étrangère 2018

2017 | 21ème Ecrans Noirs 2017, Yaoundé / Douala, Cameroun | 15-23 juillet 2017
* Mention spéciale (Longs métrages Internationaux)

2017 | 38ème Durban International Film Festival (DIFF 2017), Afrique du Sud | 13-23 juillet 2017
* Selection
* SHOWING: The Playhouse Company, 15 Jul 2017, 02:00 PM
www.durbanfilmfest.co.za/index.php/film/item/3906-kati-kati

2017 | 20ème Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF 2017), Tanzanie | 08-16 juillet 2017
* Selection

2017 | 22ème Afrika Filmfestival 2017 | Belgique | 21 avril – 06 mai 2017
* Selection

2017 | Palm Springs, USA
* Mention Spéciale (New Voices Award)

2017 | CinemAfrica Stockholm, Sweden
* Winner (Vainqueur)

2017 | East Africa AMVCA
* Best Movie (Meilleur Film)

2016 | 6ème Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF 2016) | Nigeria | 13-20 Novembre 2016
* Selection

2016 | 41st TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival
* Sélection – section Discovery
* World Premiere / Première Mondiale
* Prix de la FIPRESCI – Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (section Découverte / Discovery programme)
www.tiff.net/films/kati-kati/

English

Bereft of earthly memories, a new arrival in the afterlife struggles to recover the past, in this poetic fantasy that offers a dark reflection on personal atonement in the shadow of Kenya’s violent past.

When Kaleche, a young amnesiac, wakes up in the middle of the wilderness, she has no idea how she got there. She makes her way to Kati Kati, a nearby lodge, where she meets a motley crew of residents under the leadership of Thoma. As Kaleche strikes up a quick and intense friendship with him, she discovers that there’s a lot more to Thoma and the mysterious Kati Kati.

A film by Mbithi Masya

Kenya / Germany, 2015, Fiction, 75 minutes, 14A, colour, Swahili / English

starring Nyokabi Gethaiga, Elsaphan Njora


KATI KATI Trailer from One Fine Day Films GmbH on Vimeo.



NOTE OF THE PROGRAMMER
Imagine waking up one day in a barren wasteland. Amnesia leaves you clueless as to your whereabouts, your identity, and how you arrived. A small group of strangers welcomes you to a nearby oasis resort, and they reveal to you the nature of this new reality. You are dead. And this is the afterlife. This is what happens to Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga) in the enigmatic opening sequence of Kati Kati, writer-director Mbithi Masya’s poetic first feature film.

Kaleche is a new arrival with no recollection of her life or death. A dozen other young Kenyans are all caught in the same eerie dormant state. They want for nothing; they simply write down whatever their heart desires and it appears at their bedside the next morning.

The group’s unofficial leader is Thoma (Elsaphan Njora), who is passionate about helping the dead remember and reconcile with their fragmented pasts. But Kaleche’s presence triggers a transformation in Thoma. Their mutual enchantment with each other unearths a sinister secret of his, forcing him to confront his own denial and pain.

Masya is one third of the alternative house-funk trio Just a Band, and his musical background clearly informs the film’s lyrical rhythms – to say nothing of the way the script by Masya and co-writer Mugambi Nthiga crescendoes to a climax. With echoes of Wings of Desire and After Life, Kati Kati offers a dark reflection on personal atonement in the shadow of Kenya’s past.

CAMERON BAILEY (Toronto, TIFF 2016)

Tags: Film, Sub-Saharan Africa, Relationships, Drama, Black + African Diaspora, First Feature, Illness + Death

Language: Swahili, English
Genre: Drama
Country: Kenya
Year: 2016
Length: 75 minutes

Producers
Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Siobhain « Ginger » Wilson, Tom Tykwer, Katja Lebedjewa, Marie Steinmann-Tykwer

Director
Mbithi Masya

Writtten by: Mbithi Masya, Mugambi Nthiga

Cinematographer
Andrew « Dru » Mungai

Production Designer: Emmanuel Mrabu

Original Music: Sean Peevers, Ibrahim Sidede, Just A Band

Editor: Louizah Wanjiku


Production: One Fine Day Films, Ginger Ink. Films

Supported by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Arri Media, Goehde Foundation


2018 | Oscars, USA
* selected (in Septembre 2017) as the Kenyan submission for the Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film award!

2017 | Palm Springs, USA
* Special Mention (New Voices Award)

2017 | CinemAfrica Stockholm, Sweden
* Winner

2017 | East Africa AMVCA
* Best Movie

2016 | 41st TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
* Selection – Discovery programme
* World Premiere
* FIPRESCI Discovery Award for Mbithi Masya (Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics – FIPRESCI- for the Discovery programme
The jury remarked, « With a generous and poetic tone, not without a degree of anger at personal and political injustice, FIPRESCI is pleased to present the prize in the Discovery programme to an exciting and unique new voice in cinema, Mbithi Masya for his debut feature Kati Kati. »
www.tiff.net/films/kati-kati/