The Wakhan Front (Ni le ciel ni la terre)

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Germany premiere

Kategorie: Internationaler Wettbewerb Grenzen
Show: Thursday, 31. March 2016, 20:00 p.m., Mousonturm // Studio 1

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(Feature Film, F/BEL 2015), French/Arabic original with subtitles, 100 min.Director: Clément Cogitore
Actors: Jérémie Renier, Kévin Azaïs, Swann Arlaud, Marc Robert, Finnegan Oldfield, Clement Bresson, Sam Mirhosseini, u.a.
Director of Photography: Sylvain Verdet
Production: Jean-Christophe Reymond
Screenplay: Thomas Bidegain, Clément Cogitore
Editor: Isabelle Manquillet

The Wakhan is a mountain range between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The rugged and inaccessible no-man’s-land is a hide-out for Taliban fighters. NATO commander Antarès Bonnassieuis determined to complete his mission: He has to establish order and security at the “end of the world”. His soldiers monitor mountain tops and shepherds. Only rarely does a warning shot disrupt the silence. Military routine – until one night when two soldiers disappear under mysterious circumstances. Bonnassieu starts searching. When the Taliban, too, lose men, cluelessness ensues: Is there a natural explanation – or is the Wakhan an Afghan Bermuda Triangle?

Clément Cogitore breaks with genre limitations in his feature film debut. Military rationality is challenged by supernatural forces. In a subtly philosophical manner, The Wakhan Front poses the question of power between human and nature.


Review on Variety.com