"The Bag of Flour" (Le Sac de Farine)

Director: Kadija Leclere
Scriptwriter: Kadija Leclere, Pierre Olivier Mornas
Producers: Gaëtan David, Samy Layani, André Logie
Editor: Virginie Messiaen, Ludo Troch        
Director of Photography: Gilles Porte, Philippe Guilbert
Cast: Hafsia Herzi, Hiam Abbass, Smain Fairouze, Mehdi Dehbi, Rania Mellouli
Color, 35mm, 92 min, 2012, Belgium, Morocco, and France





 

 

 


Alsemberg, December 1975, Sarah, 8 years old, lives in a Catholic foyer. One day, her biological father, whom she has never met, comes to take her for a week- end in Paris. But it is in Morocco that Sarah wakes up, in a little town lost in the middle of the Atlas. Very soon, her father leaves, abandon- ing her without any explanation. She then slips into the life of a little Moroccan girl where the only schooling she is offered is that of knitting. Nine years later, we find Sarah, 17 years old, a teenager like all the others... At least,  almost. We are in 1984, in the mid- dle of a hunger revolt (The Revolt of ‘Aw- bach’). Sarah’s father has never sent the money he had said he would, and for the family where she is staying, each mouth to feed accounts for more and more. Sarah will have to find a way to earn her board. But then, there is also her wish of leaving, to going back to the Belgium of her childhood, the school, the books and a life that Sarah imagines free…

BIOGRAPHY

Actress graduated from the “Conservatoire Royal d’art Dramatique de Bruxelles” in 1997, she performed for a few years before becoming casting director for about a hundred films like “Indigènes” (Rachid Bouchareb), “Survivre avec les loups” (Véra Belmont), “Mr Nobody” (Jaco Van Dormael), “Illégal” (Olivier Masset-Depasse) to state only the best known.

Meanwhile, she also produces a first short film “Camille” which will be her schooling to get to “Sarah”, selected in numerous festivals and rewarded with numerous prizes (Golden Muhr in Dubaï, the Beaumarchais Prize at the Créteil Festival, First Prize in Milan, …). In 2010, she produced her third short film “La pelote de laine”. « THE BAG OF FLOUR » is her first feature film.

FILMOGRAPHY

 

 

  • Film Festival Oostende (2012/ Belgium)
  • Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (2012/ Belgium)
  • Quinzaine du cinéma francophone au Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles à Paris (2012/ France)
  • Cinemed Festival international du cinéma méditerranéen de Montpellier (2012/ France)
  • Festival de Films Francophones CINEMANIA (2012/ Canada)
  • Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bruxelles (2012, Belgium) Winner of the Best Jury Prize of Feminine Interpretation to Rania Mellouli &The Best Prize for the film script
  • Rome Int’l Film Festival (2012 / Italy) (Independent and parallel section / Alice nella citta)
  • International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg (2012/ Germany) Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize
  • Le Maghreb Des Films (2012/ France)
  • Dubai International Film Festival (2012/ UAE)
  • Maghreb Des Films (Institute du Monde Arabe) (2012/ France)
  • Irvine International Film Festival (2013/ USA)
  • Goteborg International Film Festival (2013/ Sweden)
  • CinemAfrica (2013/ Sweden)
  • Afrika Film festival (2013/ Belgium)
  • Festival Agadir cinéma et Migrations (2013/ Morocco)
  • Festival International de Films de Femme de Creteil (2013/ France) Winner of the Graines de Cinephage Prize
  • Cine-Jeune Film Festival (2013/ France) Special Mention of International Young Jury
  • Femmes Film Festival in Tunis (3 – 5 May 2013 / Tunis)
  • FEMINA – Int’l Women’s Film Festival (16 – 28 July 2013 / Brazil) Int’l Competition
  • Scene Club in Dubai (6 Aug. 2013 / UAE)
  • Citta Di Venezia (6 & 7 Sept. 2013 / Italy)
  • Diversity Enriches film Week (9 – 22 Sept. 2013 / Estonia)
  • Vancouver Int’l F.F. (26 Sept. – 11 Oct. 2013 / Canada)
  • SCHLINGEL – International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience (14 – 20 Oct. 2013/ Germany)
  • Festival di Cinema e Donne di Firenze (25 – 30 Oct. 2013/ Italy)
  • Dhaka International Film Festival (10 Jan.- 18 Jan. 2014/ Bangladesh) Cinema of the world
  • Chennai International Film Festival (12-19 Dec. 2013/ India)
  • L’equipe Cinema du Monde  (21-31 Jan. 2014/ France)
  • Spokane International Film Festival (23 Jan. – 1 Feb. 2014/ US)
  • Belgian Embassy in Abidjan (March 2014/ Ivory Coast)
  • Festival politique “Cinepolitica” (8 – 15 April 2014 / Romania)
  • Loccasion des Francophonies (11 – 25 March 2014 / Spain)
  • Beijing International Film Festival (16-23 April 2014/ China)
  • European Union Film Festival (7 March- 3April 2014/USA)
  • Festival Int’l du Cinema et de L’ Audiovisuel du Burundi « FESTICAB » (13-20 Juin 2014/ Burundi)
  • Malmo Arab Film Festival (26-30 Sept. 2014/ Sweden)
  • Access Cinema (1-12Oct.2014/Irland)
  • Arab Film Festival (Oct 11th –Nov 22th 2014/ USA)
  • BIMOVIE (8-16Nov.2014/Germany)

 

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