Dir. Jean-Pascal Zadi and John Wax, 2020, France. 90 min. Color
With Jean-Pascal Zadi, Caroline Anglade, Fary
In French with English subtitles
César Awards 2021: Jean-Pascal Zadi, Most Promising Actor
This corrosive comedy tackles the timely topics of racism and coalition building with a good dose of self-deprecation.
Director Jean-Pascal Zadi also stars as struggling actor JD, who, inspired to stage a demonstration for racial justice, learns that organizing for a noble cause can be hard work indeed. With cameos from actor-rapper JoeyStarr, comedian Claudia Tagbo, footballer Lilian Thuram, and actor-filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz.
About Jean-Pascal Zadi
Born in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis to Ivorian parents, Jean-Pascal Zadi initially wanted to study acting but left classes after two weeks when he was told that he would never be credible in Molière.
The multifaceted and self-taught performer then immersed himself in the rap scene, making music videos and documentaries before starting his own production company, Gombo Productions. He made his first feature film, Cramé, with a budget of $5,000, followed by African Gangster and Sans pudeur ni moral. Simply Black, co-directed with John Wax, is his first film distributed outside of independent networks, putting him in the spotlight in France.