Skip to main content

GRIGRIS

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

See also...

ABOUNA

Screened in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes last year, Abouna is a bracing look at the dissolution of a rural Chadian family seen through the eyes of two young boys, from director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun ... More »

DRY SEASON

β€œAn unassumingly political work that unfolds with the simplicity of a parable and the gravity of a Bible story.” - New York Times Dry Season deals with the aftermath of Chad's 40-year civil war ... More »

2 AUTUMNS 3 WINTERS

Three friends and two catastrophes collide in this playful, stylish outing from one of the vanguard of fresh new Gallic filmmaking. ... Best friends Arman and Benjamin are thirty-something, single ... More »

STRANGER BY THE LAKE

"While its graphic scenes of gay sex are what will grab headlines, what was most impressive to us was the film's unique mood: Guiraudie creates an ambiance of eerie atmospherics that is at once crisp ... More »

JIMMY P

"The Blackfoot believed that dreams foretold the future. We think that dreams shed a little light on the past." ... Benicio Del Toro stars alongside Mathieu Amalric in this intriguing and subtle ... More »

BASTARDS

"Denis is at the height of her powers ... unfaltering control, superb manipulation of mood and masterful use of music." - Hollywood Reporter ... When wealthy patriarch Jacques commits suicide in ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director