WORDS CAN BE STRONGER THAN WEAPONS.
An ambitious film many years in the making that takes us to Angola after the start of the civil war in 1975, when the Polish reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski risked his life behind the front lines. A novel way to present a documentary; interviews with people who were in Angola at the start of the war blend with enacted sequences from the book that were filmed on location and then turned into rotoscoped animation. The result is an intriguing film that takes us along on a dangerous and sad adventure together with the legendary Kapuscinski, while also getting relevant commentary 40 years later from some of the people who are brought to life by actors in the animated parts of the film. 85 minutes go by a little too fast.
2018-Poland-Spain-Belgium-Germany-Hungary. Part Animated. 85 min. Color. Produced by Amaia Remirez. Directed by Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow. Screenplay: Raúl de la Fuente, Amaia Remirez, Niall Johnson, David Weber, Damian Nenow. Book: Ryszard Kapuscinski. Cast: Miroslaw Heniszewski (Ryszard Kapuscinski), Vergil J. Smith (Queiroz/Luis Alberto/Nelson), Tomasz Zietek (Farrusco), Olga Boladz. Voices of Kerry Shale (Ryszard Kapuscinski), Daniel Flynn (Queiroz), Lillie Flynn (Carlota).
Trivia: Polish title: Jeszcze dzien zycia. Spanish title: Un día más con vida.
European Film Awards: Best Animated Feature Film.
Last word: “The testimonials are the heart and soul of the film. I could never have made it without them, and the same goes for the images we shot when retracing Kapuściński’s steps: History is at the heart of everything, after all. The first step for us was to meet eyewitnesses – those who were there the time. We found one of Kapuściński’s colleagues who was still a journalist in Angola, 40 years later. On returning home from Angola, we got to work on recreating the animated alter-egos of our witnesses, based on our meetings with them and on the photos of their younger selves which they’d entrusted to us.” (de la Fuente, Cineuropa)