In 1988 Mozambique is in the midst of civil war. A single train connects Nampula to Malawi. No civilians are allowed and yet hundreds risk their lives through 700km of sabotaged tracks. Salomão and Taiar are two soldiers who don’t get along. Rosa is a young nurse on her way to her first job, who soon becomes an object of desire. Mariamu, her close friend, only hopes to trade salt for sugar. Amongst bullets and laughter, life goes on and stories unfold as the train advances under attack, ever so slowly, towards the next stop. Lead by a Shaman Commander, The Train of Salt and Sugar is a magical journey aboard an African train that carries hundreds of unknown heroes.
Directed by Licínio Azevedo and produced by Ukbar Filmes and Urucu Media, this international collaboration between Mozambique, Portugal, France, Brazil and South Africa just premiered at Locarno film festival in Switzerland and won the Piazza Grande award for best production.
Greg and I headed up the team that brought all the post production sound elements to Pre-Mix for this film. It was a mammoth task, the train was a character on its own and the dialogue edit, sound design, foley and backgrounds were epic! The film was beautifully recorded by Philippe Fabbri and scored by Mozambiques João Carlos Schwalbach. Brazilian, Kiko Ferraz was the re-recording mixer and brought this wonderful films soundtrack to scale in Studio Orlando in Paris, France.
It was a wonderful experience collaborating with these amazing film makers and we look forward to the next one.
Matt James and Greg Albert.