Fiche Film
Cinéma/TV
LONG Métrage | 2020
Lusala
Pays concerné : Kenya
Durée : 62 minutes
Genre : drame
Type : fiction

Français

Des souvenirs horribles de son passé hantent Lusala. Né à la campagne, il a fui son père, violent dès son plus jeune âge. Bien que cela ne cesse de l’obséder, sa riche famille adoptive dans la métropole de Nairobi pense qu’il est grand temps qu’il travaille sur son avenir. Comme il est presque un homme, on lui donne un emploi de mécanicien automobile, avec son propre appartement au-dessus du garage. Lusala est motivé pour tirer le meilleur parti des choses, mais les démons de son passé ne peuvent être exorcisés.

Un film de Mugambi NTHIGA

Kenya / Allemagne – 2019 – Fiction – 1h02 – Drame

avec Brian Ogola, Stycie Waweru, Alan Oyugi, Alyce Wangari, Mkamzee Chao Mwatela, Gitura Kamau, Abu Majid

Langues : Anglais, Swahili

Producteur Délégué
Tom Tykwer

Productrices
Sarika Hemi Lakhani
Ginger Wilson

Co-Producteurs
Marie Steinmann-Tykwer
Guy Wilson

Réalisateur :
Mugambi Nthiga

Scénaristes
Wanjeri Gakuru
Silas Miami
Oprah Oyugi

Musique
Mbogua Mbugua Mbugua
Rushab Nadha
Eric Wainaina

Images
Christian Almesberger
Emma Nzioka

Monteurs
Christian Krämer
Kevin Wang’ombe

Directrice de Casting
Jenny Muigai

Décors
Kevin Amwoma
Naia Barrenechea
Natasha Khanyola

ACTRICES / ACTEURS
Brian Ogola, Stycie Waweru, Alan Oyugi, Alyce Wangari, Mkamzee Chao Mwatela, Gitura Kamau, Abu Majid


2020 | 41è Durban International Film Festival – Edition Virtuelle, Afrique du Sud | 10-20 sept 2020
* Sélection Officielle
www.durbanfilmfest.com/film/lusala/

English

Lusala
Horrific memories from his past haunt Lusala. He fled his violent father in the countryside at a young age. Although this event keeps stalking him, his wealthy adoptive family in the metropolis of Nairobi thinks it’s high time he worked on his future. He’s almost a man, so he is given a job as a car mechanic, with his own apartment above the garage. Lusala is motivated to make the best of things, but the demons from his past cannot be exorcised.

Lusala (22) is a young man who lives and works in two very separate parts of Nairobi. He occupies his days working in a garage in lower-class Nairobi. Every evening, he joins the city’s working-class masses making their journeys home, except he goes to the other Nairobi; upmarket neighborhood, and the palatial home of his adoptive family.
His uncle and aunt, Onesmus and Beatrice (late ‘40s), adopted him twelve years ago from rural Kenya and raised him together with their daughter Joma (17). When Lusala and Joma’s unabashed sibling affection raises concerns with Beatrice, she imposes on her husband to make Lusala move out and start life on his own. Onesmus relents, and despite his apparent anxieties, so does Lusala. With his uncle’s help, and with Joma’s moral support, Lusala moves into a flat closer to his garage workplace.
As Lusala settles in, he attempts to fit in with his mechanic colleagues and shrug off his anxiety and dejection, but his troubles take a stronger hold of him. Days later, Lusala’s youngest sister Bakhita, who has been away in boarding school, runs away and unexpectedly shows up at his flat. When he takes her in and opts to return her to Onesmus and Beatrice’s house, she begs him to let her stay. He begrudgingly agrees, telling her she can hide out in his flat for a while.
Word reaches Onesmus that Bakhita has returned to stay with Lusala, and he and the family approach Lusala at the garage to speak with him about it. The resulting confrontation reveals that Lusala’s mental state is fragile and in peril, and despite his family’s best intentions, one bigger, more ominous confrontation lies ahead.

A film by Mugambi NTHIGA

Kenya / Germany – 2020 – Feature narrative – 1h02m – Drama

starring Brian Ogola, Stycie Waweru, Alan Oyugi, Alyce Wangari, Mkamzee Chao Mwatela, Gitura Kamau, Abu Majid

Languages
English, Swahili

Executive Producer
Tom Tykwer

Producers
Sarika Hemi Lakhani
Ginger Wilson

Co-Producers
Marie Steinmann-Tykwer
Guy Wilson

Director
Mugambi Nthiga

Writer
Wanjeri Gakuru
Silas Miami
Oprah Oyugi

Music
Mbogua Mbugua Mbugua
Rushab Nadha
Eric Wainaina

Cinematography
Christian Almesberger
Emma Nzioka

Editors
Christian Krämer
Kevin Wang’ombe

Casting
Jenny Muigai

Production Designers
Kevin Amwoma
Naia Barrenechea
Natasha Khanyola

CAST
Brian Ogola, Stycie Waweru, Alan Oyugi, Alyce Wangari, Mkamzee Chao Mwatela, Gitura Kamau, Abu Majid


2020 | 41st Durban International Film Festival, Virtual Edition, South Africa | 10-20 sept 2020
* Official Selection
www.durbanfilmfest.com/film/lusala/


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DE

Der junge Lusala wächst bei seinem gewalttätigen Vater auf dem Land auf. Nachdem er es schafft zu fliehen, wird Lusala von einer wohlhabenden Familie in der Metropole Nairobi adoptiert. Die Erinnerungen an die schrecklichen Kindheitserlebnisse verfolgen den Jungen jedoch immer wieder. Als er älter wird, muss Lusala sein behütetes Heim allerdings verlassen. Seine Zieheltern beschließen, dass er auf eigenen Beinen stehen soll. Sie besorgen ihm einen Job als Automechaniker und eine kleine, eigene Wohnung über der Garage. Zunächst ist Lusala motiviert, das Beste aus der neuen Situation zu machen, aber die Dämonen der Vergangenheit lassen sich nicht so einfach austreiben.

LUSALA ist eine Mischung aus intimem Familiendrama und Psychothriller und das Debüt des kenianischen Schauspielers und Drehbuchautors Mugambi Nthiga, das sich mit der Urbanisierung und den Traumata des Landes Kenia befasst.

Português

Memórias horríveis do seu passado assombram Lusala. Nascido no campo, fugiu do seu pai, violento desde tenra idade. Embora continue a obcecá-lo, a sua rica família adoptiva na metrópole de Nairobi pensa que já é tempo de ele trabalhar no seu futuro. Uma vez que é quase um homem, é-lhe dado um emprego como mecânico de automóveis, com o seu próprio apartamento por cima da garagem. Lusala está motivado a tirar o máximo partido das coisas, mas os demónios do seu passado não podem ser exorcizados.

Español

Horribles recuerdos de su pasado atormentan a Lusala. Nacido en el campo, huyó de su padre, violento desde muy joven. Aunque sigue obsesionado, su acaudalada familia adoptiva de la metrópoli de Nairobi cree que ya es hora de que trabaje en su futuro. Como es casi un hombre, se le da un trabajo como mecánico de coches, con su propio apartamento encima del garaje. Lusala está motivado para sacar el máximo provecho de las cosas, pero los demonios de su pasado no pueden ser exorcizados.