International Competition : 2016 Feature Films

De sas en sas

Rachida Brakni

Audience award Best Feature Film 2016

Like a ritual, Nora is getting prepared with her mother to visit her brother, who is detained at the Fleury Mérogis prison. They are accustomed to this, and their habit is disrupted only by the kind of anxiety and restlessness that can never disappear. Once on site, like in a continuously straying choreography, they run into other women with whom they share increasingly intense moments, while the heat rises in the site’s never-ending succession of airlocks. Rachida Brakni makes us travel into a quasi-enclosed world that reveals itself to be cruel, Kafkaesque, and yet completely connected to reality. De Sas en sas is first and foremost a story of bodies, beautifully filmed, that refers to the characters’ intimacy as much as the wounded social body which they incarnate. Suffering Bodies but nonetheless resilient. (Laurence Reymond)

Rachida Brakni is a pensionnaire of the Comedie Française, and has worked with many filmmakers (Coline Serreau, Yasmine Kassari, HPG, Claire Simon, Régis Wargnier..). She is also a stage director and a musician.

De sas en sas is her first feature film as a director.

Zita Hanrot, Fabienne Babe, Meriem Serbah, Samira Brahima, Judith Caen, Lorette Luginbuhl, Sacha Bourdo
Rachida Brakni, Raphaël Clairefond
Katell Djian, Nicolas Duchêne
David Rit, Séverine Ratier, Julien Perez
Mehdi Haddab et Smadj, Gaëtan Roussel et Rachida Brakni, Sharon Vaughn et Jeff Silbar
Art direction
Daniel Bevan
Yorgos Lamprinos
Thierry Lounas, Capricci

World Premiere


Louise Fontaine (Capricci)

2016 Competition