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Omi Nobu

Omi Nobu

The New Man
Carlos Yuri Ceuninck
Cape Verde, Belgium, Germany, Sudan
2023
64 min
European Premiere
Luminous
Synopsis

Quirino, 76, has lived all his life in the Cape Verdean ghost village of Ribeira Funda, which was deserted 40 years ago. In 1983, a man was killed by a rock that broke loose following heavy rainfall. As a result, all the villagers moved to nearby Estância de Brás—all except Quirino, that is.

Here in this deep and spectacular valley between the sea and the mighty mountains, Quirino spends his days alone but for the company of a chicken and the radio that is his lifeline to the rest of the world. It is on this majestically shot rocky coastline that he reflects on his own life and on life in general—on how brief our time is here, never knowing our destination.

“Life in Cabo Verde is really hard. It doesn’t give any stability. It’s like a boat without a keel,” he says in this thoughtful and melancholy portrait. Quirino notices that he is becoming increasingly stiff and forgetful. He faces a dilemma: should he stay or should he leave the only place he has ever known, to live out his last days elsewhere?

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Credits
64 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Cape Verdean Creole
Director
    Carlos Yuri Ceuninck
    Carlos Yuri Ceuninck
Production
    Natasha Craveiro for KORIKAXORU FILMS, LDA.,
    Aurélien Bodinaux for NRW sprl
    Natasha Craveiro for KORIKAXORU FILMS, LDA.,
    Aurélien Bodinaux for NRW sprl
Co-production
    Paulo de Carvalho for Autentika Films,
    Gudula Meinzolt for Autentika Films,
    Alyaa Musa for Black Balance Artistic Productions
    Paulo de Carvalho for Autentika Films,
    Gudula Meinzolt for Autentika Films,
    Alyaa Musa for Black Balance Artistic Productions
Screenplay
    Carlos Yuri Ceuninck,
    César Schofield Cardoso
    Carlos Yuri Ceuninck,
    César Schofield Cardoso
Cinematography
    Arilson Almeida
    Arilson Almeida
Editing
    Antoine Donnet
    Antoine Donnet
Sound
    David Medina
    David Medina
Sound Design
    Nuno Miranda
    Nuno Miranda
Music
    Henrique Silva
    Henrique Silva
Screening copy
    NRW sprl
    NRW sprl

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