Dir. Jean-Pierre Bekolo, 1992, Cameroon, France, 80min, DCP, Color
With Serge Amougou, Saïdou Abatcha, Timoléon Luc Boyogueno
In French with English subtitles
Re-imagining several folk tales into a contemporary story, director Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s first feature film follows a curious girl who is magically transformed into a swaggering Casanova nicknamed “My Guy.” His journey into the previously mysterious male mind is populated with a cast of offbeat characters, including a polygamist police chief whose daughter My Guy seduces and a witch whose handshake can make men’s genitals disappear. The combination of highly westernized characters and the charged folkloric atmosphere form a bold vision of today’s Africa. As humorous as it is, the film depicts the powerful influence of Western pop culture.
Nominee Golden Leopard, 1992 Locarno International Film Festival
“Jean-Pierre Bekolo channels the manic freeverse and confrontational humor of Spike Lee’s early films in Quartier Mozart…” –Strictly Film School
“He did for the capital of Cameroon what Spike Lee did for Brooklyn.” –Cameron Bailey, Now Magazine