Moving from the frozen landscapes of the Jura mountains to the urban centres of Port-au-Prince, Ouvertures brings the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture back to life. In France, a Haitian researcher tries to read the past within the stratigraphic layers of Jurassic limestone, whilst in Haiti a group of young actors translate and rehearse scenes from Monsieur Toussaint, a play written by Édouard Glissant that recounts the last days in the life of Louverture who died in exile in a prison cell in the Jura, 1803. Ghosts from the pantheon of Haitian history visit Louverture on his deathbed and put him on trial. As the play unfolds, the actors become possessed by their characters, and eventually, the ghost of Louverture joins the group and takes them on a voyage to a new kind of exile.

  • Duration: 132’
  • Production year: 2019
  • Country: FR, UK, HT
  • Language: HT, FR Subtitles: PT
  • Berlin Film Festival 2020 – FIPRESCI Special Mention

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