The Train of Salt and Sugar

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Mozambique's first-ever official entry to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
The film got selected at more than 20 festivals and won three awards, including the Best Film at the Joburg Film Festival, South Africa.
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2016/ Mozambique93 min/ Drama
Original Title
Comboio de Sal e Açucar
In the midst of war-torn Mozambique, a perilous train journey through the country encompasses civilian passengers, who are both protected and harassed by a troop of ill-disciplined soldiers on board to fight off a rebel army in the bush.
Matamba Joaquim
Melanie de Vales Rafael
Thiago Justino
António Nipita
Sabina Fonseca
Screenwriter: Licínio Azevedo
Teresa Pereira
DOP: Frédéric Serve
Editor: Willem Dias
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Production Company(ies)
Ukbar Filmes
Pandora da Cunha Telles
Pablo Iraola
film festivals
Africa in Motion Film Festival, UK
African Film Festival Trinidad Tobago Film, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
AfricAvenir, Germany
Afrika Film Festival Köln, Germany
Afrikanisches Filmfestival Hamburg Augenblicke Afrika, Germany
Braunschweig International Film Festival, Germany
Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Tunisia
Fantasporto, Portugal
Festival Del Cinema Dei Diritti Umani Di Napoli, Italy
Festival do Rio, Brazil
Festival du Cinéma Africain de Khouribga, Morocco
Festival International de cinéma Vues d'Afrique Montréal, Canada
Festival International du Film Panafricain, France
Festival Itinérances, France
International Film Festival of India, India
Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland
Mostra Internacional de Cinema Sao Paulo, Brazil
Reflets du Cinéma Ibérique et Latino-américain, France
Tutti Nello Stesso Piatto Festival Internazionale di Cinema Cibo & VideoDiversità, Italy
War on Screen Festival, France
Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Egypt
Joburg Film Festival, South Africa
Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), Egypt
Zanzibar International Film Festival, Tanzania
Oshana Film Festival, Namibia
film awards
Silver Pyramid Award Best Director at the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Egypt
Best Film at the Joburg Film Festival, South Africa
Golden Mask of Tutankhamun for Best Film at the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), Egypt
Golden Tanit and Best Cinematography at Carthage Film Festival, Tunisia
“An epic tale of peril and endurance on an arduous cross-country journey.” Justin Lowe - The Hollywood Reporter

“A personal journey roughly 30 years in the making, Azevedo acknowledges the challenges he faced in bringing “Train” to the big screen almost derailed the film.” Christopher Vourlias - Variety