La propriétaire d’une ferme disparaît à l’aube. Une investigation familiale soupçonne trois migrants mineurs qui occupent la ferme. Lors d’une nuit de cérémonie d’initiation à l’africaine, les secrets se dévoilent.
À propos du scénario :
Trois mineurs isolés d’origine étrangère occupent une ferme en pleine campagne française. Alors qu’ils sont à la recherche d’un foyer, ils se retrouvent au centre d’une histoire de famille déchirée, incapable de communiquer. La situation s’aggrave avec l’absence de Corinne, la propriétaire de la ferme. Surtout que les jeunes semblent cacher quelque chose. Un couteau, des traces de sang et un trou dans le jardin les accusent de tout…
Un film de / A film by :
Long-métrage / Feature
Fiction – 110 min
Avec / Cast :
David d’Ingeo, …
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Distribution : Overlap Films
Langue : Français
Language : French
The owner of a farm disappears at dawn. A family investigation suspects three minor migrants who occupy the farm. During a night of an African initiation ceremony, the secrets will be revealed.
A film by: Reza Serkanian
Feature – Fiction – 110 min – France 2020
Script: Reza Serkanian
Distribution : Overlap Films
Language : French
About the movie:
On a countryside farm, a few young migrants have found a fragile balance. But in one day everything can change. Shall they leave or stay? Whether take advantage of this ephemeral feeling of freedom in this farm where time seems to stand still. Or accept unexpected meetings and their impact on each one’s fate? After a initiatory night, a new day starts. The end of innocence, of childhood. Following the road toward an unknown destination.
From documentary to fiction
For my last documentary “Playmakers”, I met, followed and filmed under-age migrants, most of them from Africa, in order to understand their journey, the conditions of exile, their dreams, their frustrations. I was surprised to see their strength to face adult problems while they were still kids. Through the story of these young foreigners, I rediscovered what I had felt more than twenty years ago, when I arrived in Europe.
Born in Iran, I experienced the shock of cultural uprooting. When I arrived in France, I had the opportunity to share the daily life of a farmers family and to see their struggle to harmonize with nature. I discovered France thanks to these modest people. This experience left a deep impression on me.
Because the rural life has a strong family tradition, this setting seemed obvious to me. The family context evokes the gap, as well as the complicity, between the protagonists. The presence of homeless foreigners within a broken family creates contradictory and sometimes funny situations.
Two different worlds meet up:
– « Familyless » orphan migrants, seeking a decent existence in a world that distrusts them.
– A ruined family with a lost father, and children who no longer understand their mother.
Whether the young foreigners or the members of this French family, everyone feels abandoned and heartbroken. The confrontation of the two worlds begins with the absence of the mother, Corinne, who is in custody. This farm is a place of drama for some, and a place of refuge for others. It is a gathering point for people coming from opposite words who normally would not meet, and who get along despite their differences and prejudices.
Through his magic words the traditional singer brings Corinne back in the light of fire to celebrate the gathering of those she loves. She arrives as a deliverance, like the messiah, who does not moralize but who sees the devastating effects of a materialistic society on the human condition. She embodies the hope and the desire of humanity to live together in peace.
Black Sheep is Reza Serkanian’s second fiction feature film after « Noces éphémères ». We accompanied the director for two years in his sensitive writing work, while he did a lot of documentary research in a close contact with numerous people in the countryside.
Reza Serkanian is a director with a strong signature who is dedicated to develop new forms of cinematographic approach. His first feature « Ephemeral wedding » (Noces éphémères, Cannes 2011) was shot in Iran. For the casting of his new film « Black Sheep », he chose a mix of well-known actors such as Dominique Blanc and under-age abandoned refugees. He had discovered these young people in his last documentary, and their profound experiences inspired him for the screenplay of Black Sheep.
Touched by their unstable situation in France, the challenge we faced, was to find a sensitive way to make it possible to shoot with professionals and non-actors. This was very vital for the history of the film, where the meeting of two apparently incompatible worlds creates tensions. Luckily we found the right farms and places in the french countryside to accompany Reza and his crew during this adventure to make it happen.
We are convinced by the sensitivity and the depth of Reza Serkanian’s view, and by the freedom and the originality of his film. It is unusual for a filmmaker to observe with such intensity this theme, which is rarely treated in French cinema. Reza’s vision is rich of his dual French-Iranian culture. In his way of treating the subject and in the narration, we can see the spirit of Iranian cinema.
The post-production of the movie is nearly finished. We can provide the projection copy as soon as necessary. Therefore, the movie is completely fresh and in this stage, Overlap Films takes care of the international sales.