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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

L’Enfant noir

Fortnight 1995, Feature film, 1 h 32

Synopsis

An initiatory tale, this film is a story of exile, the story experienced by any man separated from his childhood. At Kouroussa, his native village, among his father, Madou, the King of mechanics, Kouda, his gentle mother, and his group of friends, Baba learns to live in harmony with the surrounding world. The unexpected arrival of a gold merchant disrupts this fragile balance. Actually, Baba is old enough to move to the capital to take up his studies. He sets off on a trip through Guinea and ends up at his uncle Moussa’s place in Conakry. There, he is sucked into the spiral of urban life and crashes headlong into the modern world and its violence…

Director

Laurent Chevallier

Operator and director, he was a cameraman for movies like Mon beau-frère a tué ma soeur, by Jacques Rouffio, Fucking Fernand, by Gérard Mordillat for example and chief operator with René Allio, Patrice Leconte and advertising. He directed many reports and documentaries for cinema and TV; these reports were awarded in many festivals like in San Sebastian or Namur.

Baba Camara
Madou Camara
Moussa Keita

Screenplay
Laurent Chevalier, d’après le roman de Laye Camara, “L’Enfant noir”

Image
Amar Arhab

Sound
Olivier Schwob

Editing
Ange-Marie Revel

Music
Momo Wandel Soumah

Set decoration
Yan Arzaud

Production : Rhéa Productions, Paris, France Distribution en France : Les Films du Paradoxe, Bois-Colombe