One day, air conditioners in the Angolan capital Luanda start to mysteriously fall from the buildings. When security guard Matacedo is told to get his overheating boss an airco unit before the end of the day, he starts a mission that among other things brings him into contact with the eccentric owner of an electronics store. His search is the starting point for a pleasantly free film about the heartbeat of this city: the buildings in Luanda which visibly bear its history, and the people trying to rebuild their lives after the civil war.

Music and sound guide us through the city: we hear a jazzy soundtrack, a socially critical rap, the chaotic hum of the city and surreal, distorted sounds. The film's opening immediately sets the tone with urban portraits by Angolan photographer Cafuxi. Air Conditioner was written, produced and shot entirely in Angola by collective Geração 80, and proves that artistic cinema in Angola is alive and kicking. 

Part of African Collectives Project, commissioned by IFFRAs part of Critics’ Choice, the screening of Sat 25 Jan, 19:30 will be preceded by a video essay from Rasha Hosny.

Screenings

  • Fri 24 Jan Pathé 2
    With Q&A
    Tickets
  • Sat 25 Jan Cinerama 2
    Tickets
  • Sat 25 Jan Cinerama 6
    With Q&A
    Tickets
  • Thu 30 Jan KINO 2
    With Q&A
    Tickets
  • Sat 1 Feb KINO 2
    Tickets
Original title
Ar condicionado
Filmmaker
Fradique
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Angola
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
72’
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Jorge Cohen
Sales
Geração 80
Writer
Fradique, Ery Claver
Cinematography
Ery Claver
Editor
Zeno Monyak
Production Design
Prudênciana Hach
Sound Design
Gernot Fuhrmann
Music
Aline Frazão
Cast
José Kiteculo, Filomena Manuel, David Caracol, Sacerdote, Tito Spyck, Filipe Pali