Desiré Ecaré

M.: Desiré Ecaré. F.: Maurice Perrimond, Tristan Burgess, Toussaint Bruschini. Mus.: Gilles Dayvis, Pierre Cheriza. Int.: Hervé Denis (studente africano / sindacalista), Claudia Chazel (moglie dello studente), Henri Duparc (amico dello studente), Sokou Camara (ambasciatore), Bitty Moro (Yao, lo spazzino), Michael Lonsdale (attore teatrale). Prod.: Argos Films, Les Films de la Lagune. DCP. D.: 30’. Bn.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

The directorial debut of Desiré Ecaré, who, together with Georges Keita, Timité Bassori and Henri Duparc was one of the trailblazers for the emergence of an Ivorian cinema. Concerto pour un exil is the first in the “castigare ridendo mores” series, a sort of humanistic comedy in which the director wanted to depict ironically the social and psychological alienation of African youth in France at the end of the Sixties. The same intent would reappear in his subsequent À nous deux, France (1970) and Visages de femmes (1985), which would earn the recognition of French critics. Born in a suburb of Abidjan, he arrived in Paris in 1961 thanks to a study grant. His formative experience was with Jean Marie Serreau’s troupe Le Toucan, with whom he would stage such plays as Aimé Césaire’s A Season in the Congo and Brecht’s The Exception and the Rule. During the same period, he graduated from IDHEC along with Henri Duparc, who would also play a role in Concerto pour un exil. Ecaré shot the film making use of notes in a notebook and improvising with the non-professional cast and crew. “I did not want to make an ethnographic film about exile. I wanted to speak about my generation. A generation which every day resists cultural assimilation and knows that it has no future in its own country. A disenchanted generation, but also a deeply cultured and courageous one.”

Cecilia Cenciarelli

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Restored in 2023 by Argos Films in collaboration with the Institut Français’ Cinémathèque Afrique with funding by CNC – Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée. Restoration was carried out in 4K by Éclair Classics from a 16mm camera negative and a 35mm sound negative . The family of Desiré Ecaré was involved in the validation of the restored film