In July, Film Movement picked up North American rights to Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s 2013 Cannes Competition entry Grigris, where it won the Vulcan Award for technical achievement.
The film, which received mixed reviews after its Cannes premiere, centers on Grisgris, a 25 year old young man with dreams of becoming a dancer despite his physical disability from the waist down. His dreams are shattered when his uncle falls seriously ill. To save him, he decides to go work for petrol traffickers.
It stars Soulémane Démé, Mariam Monory, Cyril Guei, Anaïs Monory and Marius Yelolo (who’s worked with Haroun on at least 2 other past films).
Grisgris is produced by Florence Stern for Pili Films, with Chad’s Goï Goï Productions and Frances 3 Cinéma.
Film Movement is aiming to release the film during the first half of 2014, in a limited opening, which will be followed by a national expansion.
Film Movement also released Haroun’s last film, Un Homme Qui Crie (A Screaming Man), in 2012.
By the way, for those in the Atlanta (GA) area, or who will be in the Atlanta area during the weekend of November 9, presented in partnership with the BronzeLens Film Festival and Africa Atlanta, this year’s France-Atlanta at the BronzeLens will pay tribute to Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, which will include a mini-retrospective of Haroun’s work, followed by a conversation with the internationally revered filmmaker, moderated by yours truly, Tambay A. Obenson.
Below is a new clip from the Grisgris, in which Grigris (Démé) visits the petrol-smuggling operation he wants to work for: