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Chad / France, 2013 (MIFF 2013, International Panorama)

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

"The emerging master of African cinema ... the director's compassion shines out, and so does the charisma of Souleymane Deme." – Guardian

By night the man known as Grigris is a legend, one of the most electrifying dancers in all of Chad. By day he is an outcast, a dirt-poor cripple who longs to make enough money to marry "bar hostess" Mimi and pay for his stepfather's medical bills. A petrol-smuggling racket seems to offer Grigris a way out, but this new underworld could pull all of them undone.

Measured and commanding, Grigris is the absorbing new work from A Screaming Man director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Dry Season, MIFF 2007). Shot with his trademark eye for atmosphere, and brought to life by newcomer Souleymane Deme's breathtaking dance sequences, this is another captivating notch in the bow of one of Africa's brightest talents.

D/S Mahamat-Saleh Haroun P Florence Stern World Sales Les Films du Losange L French w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013

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