Saturday, March 07, 2015

Kuuntele / Listen

[title in Arabic]. FI / DK 2014. Fiction. P: Valeria Richter, Helene Granqvist. D+SC: Hamy Ramezan, Rungano Nyoni. DP: Lars Vestergaard. S: Kristoffer Salting, Hamid Alamizadeh. ED: Rikke Selin Lorentz. M: Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen. C: Yusuf Kamal El-Ali (son), Zeinab Rahal (mother), Amira Helene Larsen (translator), Nanna Böttcher (policewoman), Alexandre Willaume (policeman). 13 min
    In Arabic with English subtitles.
Tampere Film Festival (National Competition 11), Saturday, 7 March 2015

TFF: "A foreign woman in a burqa brings her young son to a Copenhagen police station to file a complaint against her abusive husband, but the translator assigned to her seems unwilling to convey the true meaning of her words. A tense, diamond-hard film about cultural isolation and bureaucratic ignorance."

AA: An intense and urgent drama about "lost in translation" when the female interpreter to the violently abused wife distorts her testimony to the police. The situation escalates to a fatal misunderstanding. The wife finally requests her son Yussef who talks Danish. But even the son fails to translate what the wife is saying. A refined and powerful movie.

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