Filmfest 2013

German Age Rating

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Despite a paralyzed leg that could have barred most avenues, Grigris, 25 years old, dreams of being a dancer. A challenge. But his dreams are dashed when his father-in-law falls critically ill. To save him, Grigris resolves to work for petrol traffickers…

"A minor work from the emerging master of African cinema, Mahamat Saleh-Haroun, this is elevated by a heightened female perspective and some rousing dance scenes... The director brings his movie to a tense crisis when Grigris asks his protective buddy Moussa, a local tough-guy, if he can come in on a scam Moussa's got going: smuggling black-market petrol over the border to Cameroon to evade duty and lead-level restrictions. It involves swimming in darkness with jerry cans full of petrol across the Chari river, a desperately dangerous business for the fragile Grigris."
Peter Bradshaw,, 22 May, 2013

tags: Feature film

Cast: Souleymane Démé, Anaïs Monory, Cyril Guei, Marius Yelolo


Screenplay: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Director of Photography: Antoine Héberlé (AFC)

Film Editor: Marie-Hélène Dozo

Composer: Wasis Diop

Production Designer: Ledoux Madeona

Costume Design: Anne-Marie Giacalone

Sound: André Rigaut

Producer: Florence Stern

Production Company: Pili Films

World Sales: Les Films du Losange

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun