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Un coq sur un escalier de secours

Cinema fiction, by Guetty FELIN (Haiti, United States)

ALDABRA FILMS (France)

115 minutes
pre-production stage

A story of exile, love, family and secrets, set in the turbulent New York of the 1970s.

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Synopsis

NORA, a 15-year-old girl, is full of admiration for her father HECTOR, a handsome and brilliant lawyer in the Haitian Ministry of Finance. When she accidentally and incognito witnesses the interrogation of her father in his office by an agent of the secret police, she refuses to question him in order not to embarrass him. Shortly after this incident, Hector's best friend and colleague, LOUIS, is brutally murdered. A tragedy that forces him to exile his entire family (MARITHÉ the mother, her little sister OLIE, Nora's twin brother NAT and MAMOU the grandmother) to New York, for a limited time, in principle...
As the children assimilate, the adults become more and more nostalgic. Nora secretly bonds with her neighbor Mr. Chanticleer, who lives with his rooster Charlie.
However, strange things begin to happen when a character from the past, JACQUELINE (Louis' widow), reappears in their lives: Hector is haunted by ancient nightmares, Marithé falls into a deep depression after the birth of their first American child MICHAEL, Nat gets into trouble and is sent to boarding school, Mamou begins to lose her sight.
The spring of '77 is hit by an exceptional heat wave and to cool off, the family goes to spend the day at Coney Island, the big popular beach in New York. The day ends in tragedy: Marithé's body is recovered by a lifeguard.
Nine years later, the fall of the Duvalier regime opens a new chapter in the lives of the Celestinians. However, instead of celebrating, Nora is perplexed and feels a sense of emptiness. This event becomes a trigger for Nora who becomes overwhelmed by the obsession to understand what caused her mother to fall into depression. Her quest leads her to Jacqueline, but her silence sends her on a false trail. Nora questions her father about his infidelity and discovers a much more complex and darker story, the one that caused their exile in the winter of '74.

Director's note

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Producer's note

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Film fact sheet

Title Un coq sur un escalier de secours
A Rooster on the Fire Escape
Category cinema fiction
Duration 115 minutes
Director Guetty FELIN
(Haiti, United States)
Scriptwriter Guetty FELIN
(Haiti, United States)
Producer in charge ALDABRA FILMS
(France)
Coproducers Belle Moon Productions
(Haiti)
Creacion Masiva
(Dominican Republic)
Film languages english
french
ayisyan kreyol (haitian creole)
Filming locations Thlnan
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Budget X XXX XXX
Supported by
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