Benin, West Africa. Three tourists are being photographed by local photographers, wearing extravagant masks of their choice. An experimental inquiry into travel, exoticism and cultural collisions.
AWARDS: Gold Lion Award. Barcelona International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Visions du Réel/ Depth of Field International Film Festival/ Thessaloniki International Film Festival Agora Doc Market
Studio Harmattan. Masks and photographs in West Africa
Three enigmatic travellers use a collection of grotesque masks, spanning from Batman to Commedia dell’arte, as a vehicle for smuggling themselves across a cultural threshold in West Africa’s Benin.
Studio Harmattan tells a story of harshness and marvel – of attempted encounters – between the three travellers and those Beninese photographers they visit in their studios along their way. A mesmerising experimental documentary that fuses culture, art and travel.