Sounds of Sand in Spain
by Anne Feuillère
25/08/2006 - Belgian director Marion Hänsel’s Sounds of Sand [trailer] (formerly entitled Chamelle) will represent Belgium in Official Competition at the 54th San Sebastian International Film Festival, taking place at the end of September.
For her new feature, Hänsel travelled to the far-flung location of Djibouti, Africa to film the screen adaptation of the eponymous novel by Marc Durin-Valois.
Sounds of Sand, the tale of an exodus of a family forced into exile because of the threat of imminent war and a relentless drought (see Making Of), once again tackles themes already dealt with by the director in her previous films, in particular in Clouds: Letters To My Son.
The film’s lead roles are played by two actresses well known in Belgium for their theatre work: Burkinabè actress-dancer-director Issaka Sawadogo, a favourite of Nicolas Provost (whose short Exoticore picked up a string of awards before its recent selection at Sundance) and Carole Karemera, who recently appeared in Sometimes in April by Raoul Peck.
Produced by the director’s outfit, Man's Film, in co-production with France’s A.S.A.P Films, Sounds of Sand received backing from the French Community of Belgium, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, the CNC (advance on receipts), the MEDIA programme, Intergovernmental Francophone Agency, the Belgian Development Cooperation and Belgium’s National Lottery tax shelter.
Sold internationally by Dutch outfit Fortissimo Film Sales, Sounds of Sand will be distributed in Belgium by Cinéart and Bac Film in France.
(Translated from French)