Director: Philippe Lacôte Country: Ivory Coast Year: 2014 Running time: 102 mins Language: French with English subtitles Colour
Run is running away… He has just killed his country’s Prime Minister. To escape, he had to take the face and clothes of a madman, wandering through the town in disguise. His life returns to him in flashes: a childhood with master Tourou, when he dreamt of becoming a rain-maker; his incredible adventures with Greedy Gladys; and his militia past as a Young Patriot in Ivory Coast’s turbulent conflicts. Run has not chosen all of these lives. He stumbled upon them, escaping from one existence to another. This is why he is called Run. Fresh from its Cannes Un Certain Regard screening – the first time an Ivorian film has featured at the festival – and after winning the Jury Prize at FESPACO earlier this year, Philippe Lacôte’s captivating coming-of-age drama Run takes centre stage at Film Africa 2015. In his debute feature, Lacôte draws a critical eye on his country’s decades-long political and military conflicts, which have claimed the lives of at least 3,000 people, producing an extraordinarily cinematic and original work of singular vision.
Followed by a Q&A with director Philippe Lacôte.
*This is the updated venue for Opening gala