French director Bertrand Bonello made a film about Clairvius Narcisse, the most famous zombie in the world, about voodoo magic and the drama of first love in a school for girls. The real story of the Haitian comes to life in the story of his granddaughter. The film that participated in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight will premiere as part of “Listapad. Collections” project starting from August 22 in four Minsk cinemas.
Having moved to Paris, young Melissa does everything to impress her new classmates, so she tells a terrible story about her grandfather who was turned into a real zombie either with dark voodoo or by evil relatives. So the most famous zombie in the world, the Haitian Clairvius Narcissus, comes to life in a creepy and bewitching story of his granddaughter and opens up the doors of the Parisian school for ancient occult spirits. Teenagers are no longer able to resist them.
Bertrand Bonello is one of the most inventive directors of our time. He became famous for the drama “The Pornographer” (2001), which received the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Bonello’s biographical film about the life and work of the famous couturier Yves Saint Laurent “Saint Laurent” was chosen to represent France at the Oscars in the “best foreign-language film” nomination in 2015.
In Zombi Child Bonello refers to the original Haitian concept of zombies and makes the mysticism of the voodoo cult and French rap clash to revive the events of 1960s’ Haiti in modern France.
“The film consists of two storylines, and when they are combined, each complements the other, complicates it and makes it larger. In a sense, this is a film about teenagers, and it’s partly a fantasy and a horror film. It also has some ethnic elements and even quasi-documentary ones – a real mixture of everything. I enjoyed the working process very much,” the director says. [the quote is not precise]
The premiere of Bertrand Bonello’s Zombi Child took place at the Cannes Film Festival. There the motion picture took part in the program >Directors’ Fortnight. The director’s previous films were also highly praised in the world, like Tiresia, The House of Tolerance and >Saint Laurent, which were nominated for the Golden Palm.
“Bonello’s exquisite use of craft, including poetic day-for-night photography by Yves Cape (Holy Motors) and a strong electro-rock score, is definitely a plus, creating an ambiance that bewitchingly accompanies the action”, Hollywood Reporter points out. “Zombi Child is the kind of lithe and lucid dream that gets its tendrils round your brain stem, so that when all hell finally breaks loose, you can’t jolt yourself awake from its grip”, the Telegraph writes. “The film is divine and mesmerising in the way only Bonello can achieve” – Seance.ru adds.
You can watch “Zombi Child” up till August 24 at the Centralny cinema, up till August 28 at the Raketa and Pioner cinemas, up till September 4 at the Falcon Club Cinema Boutique.