In a languid coastal village in Ethiopia, young fisherman Adisu is affected by the violence of war. He is forced to leave his home in order to survive, and wanders into the desert. He often roams around alone; now and again he encounters someone else. Forty years later, an old man sits in a taxi in Liège, thinking of the past. The two characters seem worlds away, but it is the same man.
This dreamy, subtle debut by Alain-Pascal Housiaux and Patrick Dechesne is told through memories triggered by observations of present events. The nocturnal industrial landscape around Liège causes Adisu to think of the desert; a dead bird, of hunting for food.
In the meantime, every night he dreams of the woman he met so many years ago on those smooth rocks. He never saw her again. In spite of the war that drove him from his home, Adisu feels a desire for a particular place and time that can never be fulfilled.

International title
Shattering Shadow
Filmmaker
Alain-Pascal Housiaux, Patrick Dechesne
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Belgium, Germany, Ethiopia
Year
2014
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
Amharic, French
Producer
Joseph Rouschop, Valérie Bournonville, Johannes Rexin, Bettina Brokemper, Alain-Pascal Housiaux, Patrick Dechesne, Daniel Taye Workou
Production Company
Tarantula, Heimatfilm GmbH + Co. KG, Heur-Films
Sales
Tarantula
Writer
Alain-Pascal Housiaux, Patrick Dechesne
Cinematography
Frédéric Noirhomme, Hélène Louvart
Editor
Marie-Hélène Dozo
Production Design
Sophie Dubuisson
Sound Design
Nico Bunnik
Music
David Menessier
Cast
Abebe Ephrem Walle, Sara de Roo
Website
http://heurfilms.com