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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Lumumba

Fortnight 2000, Feature film, 1h55

Synopsis

Patrice Lumumba, the hero of Congolese independence, was not yet 30 when the first tremors of botched decolonization thrust him to the forefront of the international political arena. Within the course of a few years, Lumumba, a one-time native civil servant at the Stanleyville post office center, who served several prison terms for theft and inciting disorder, became the most reviled man of this intense cold war period. A period during which the world was brought to the brink of world-wide conflict. Becoming Prime Minister of one of the richest countries in Africa, Lumumba’s destiny as tragic hero was already charted out, his assassination already programmed. He would remain in power only three months. All that remained for his assassins to do was dispose of his body.

Director

Raoul Peck

He was an economy engineer. Then he was a journalist and a photographer. He graduated in the Film and Television Academy in Berlin. He was a teacher at the Tisch School of the Arts of the New York College.He was secretary of state for Culture in Haïti. He was a producer, a screenplayer and a director.

Alex Descas
Eriq Ebouaney
Maka Kotto

Screenplay
Raoul PeckPascal Bonitzer

Image
Bernard Lutic

Sound
Dirk Bombey

Editing
Jacques Comets

Music
Jean-Claude Petit

Set decoration
Denis Renault

production : Jacques Bidou, JBA Production, 52 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris, France, Tél : 33 (0)1 48 04 84 60, Fax : 33 (0)1 42 76 09 67, E-mail : jbaprod@club-internet.fr Entre Chien et Loup – Essential Filmproduktion – Velvet S.A. – ARTE France Cinéma – RTBF – ARTE ZDF vente à l’étranger : Art Box, France Télévision Distribution, 1 boulevard Victor, 75015 Paris, France, Tél : 33 (0)1 44 25 01 62, Fax : 33 (0)1 44 25 01 95, E-mail : artbox@francetv.com distribution : Océan Films, 40 avenue Marceau, 75008 Paris, France, Tél : 33 (0)1 56 62 30 30, Fax : 33 (0)1 56 62 30 40, E-mail : ocean@ocean-films.com presse : Agnès Chabot, Tél : 33 (0)1 45 49 20 27, Fax : 33 (0)1 53 63 87 09