African and Creole cinema shine once again at the 28th edition of Vues d'Afrique
Opening film 30° Couleur stars Lucien Jean-Baptiste (who also co-wrote and co-directed the film with Philippe Larue) as Patrick, a black intellectual who made his life in Paris but is forced to return to his native Martinique to visit his mother on her deathbed. There’s little time for melodrama though, as Patrick arrives right in the middle of the Mardi Gras carnival celebrations and is taken on a wild ride by flamboyant drag queen Zamba (Edouard Montoute). The whole thing is a bit formulaic and predictable (can you guess whether the stuck-up, humourless protagonist will learn how to loosen up thanks to these simpler, warmer, fun-loving people?), but it’s too festive, colourful and boisterous not to go along with it and have a good time. (Cinéma Imperial, April 27; Excentris, May 3)
Other films to be screened include Kivu Ruhorahoza’s Grey Matter, which is apparently the first feature film ever from a Rwandan filmmaker (Excentris, May 2 and 5); Leïla Kilani’s Sur la planche, a Moroccan film noir that showed at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes last year (Excentris, May 5 and 6); Ron Wyman’s Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion, a documentary about Tuareg musician Bombino (Excentris, May 5); Michael Kamuanga’s Faso Furie, a made-in-Burkina-Faso action movie (Excentris, April 28 and 29); and Dylan Valley’s Afrikaaps, a look at a troupe of artists attempting to reclaim the Afrikaans language via hip-hop (Concordia, May 1).
April 27 to May 6