Three stories intertwine, collide and co-exist. A grieving teenager discovers he has a superpower; an old fisherman thinks the cure for his ailing wife can be found in the sea; and a muse struggles to exit the story her author is penning, in this magical neo-realist fable set in a coastal village Haiti, five years after a devastating earthquake.
“3.5 STARS…Notable as the first (and only) Haitian production submitted in the Academy Award competition for Best Foreign Language Film, Guetty Felin’s drama combines neorealism with mysticism in a tale that touches on the Caribbean nation’s challenges and resilience. HIGHLY RECOMMENED.” – P. Hall, Video Librarian
With stunning cinematography by Hervé Cohen (Closer to the Dream), the film was shot entirely on location with local actors and crew and was the first narrative shot entirely in Haiti by a Haitian-born female director.
Felin’s film is an important addition to the body of work coming out of Haiti’s burgeoning film scene. Ayiti Mon Amour doesn’t just mark the emergence of a distinct new directorial voice; it’s a key development in the evolution of a national cinema.
“The story of old wounds that need healing in order to begin anew” – Cinema Without Borders
“Ultimately, Ayiti Mon Amour functions best as an exploration of identity, a work that tries to resolve the many external factors—racial, economic, environmental—that challenge and complicate the filmmakers’ understandings of their lived experiences as “Haitian.” The film strikes a chord with a particularly common Latin-American sentiment—a simultaneous distaste and yearning for the homeland.” – Chicago Maroon
Winner, Best Feature, Blackstar Film Festival
Winner, Best Cinematography, International Festival of America, Hidalgo Film Festival
Nominated for Best Film, Cartagena Film Festival
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival
2016 / 88 minutes / French w/English subtitles / A film by Guetty Felin
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