Dir. Giacomo Abbruzzese, 2023, France, Italy, Belgium, Poland, 92 min
With Franz Rogowski, Morr Ndiaye, Laetitia Ky
In French, English, Nigerian, Polish, Russian, and lgbo with English subtitles
Following an arduous journey through Europe, Belarusian emigrant, Aleksei (Franz Rogowski) arrives in Paris only to be placed in training at the French Foreign Legion. Willing to go to great lengths to obtain a passport, he attempts to remain unnoticed until he encounters Jomo (Morr N’Diaye) in the Niger River Delta who is fighting oil multinationals that have made village life impossible for him and his family.
Director Giacomo Abbruzzese debut-feature film won the 2023 Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to cinematographer Hélène Louvart.
“This is bold film-making: a movie that wants to dazzle you with its standalone set pieces, but also to carry you along with its storytelling.” — Guardian
“An audacious film, between war and trance.” — Télérama