THE TRAIN OF SALT AND SUGAR
SATURDAY, 18. NOVEMBER: 21.00
Portugal / Mozambique / France / South Africa / Brazil 2016 DCP | OmE I 93 min
Mozambique in the late 1980s: The country suffers from years of civil war. Sugar has become a valuable and rare commodity, while there is plenty of salt everywhere. The irregular train between Nampula and neighboring Malawi offers the only chance for many people to exchange their salt for a few kilos of sugar there. Among the train passengers are a professional smuggler with her friend, a nurse and an officer with a young, subordinate soldier. Azevedo’s civil war epic with western and adventure film credits was celebrated by critics and audiences alike at its 2016 premiere at the Locarno Film Festival.
LICÍNIO AZEVEDO, born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, is an independent filmmaker and co-founder of the Mozambican film company Ebano Multimedia. Since 1977 he has been involved with the Mozambican National Film Institute and began his career as a documentary filmmaker. He has produced several films that have been awarded at countless international festivals.