SOLD OUT – Hyenas
Djibril Diop Mambéty
One of the treasures of African cinema, Senegalese master Mambéty’s long-delayed follow-up to his canonical Touki Bouki is a hallucinatory comic adaptation of Swiss avant-garde writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play The Visit, which in Mambéty’s version has a now-rich woman returning to her poor desert hometown to propose a deal to the populace: Her fortune, in exchange for the death of the man who years earlier abandoned her and left her with his child. Per its title, a film of sinister, mocking laughter, and a biting satire of a contemporary Senegal whose once-lofty post-colonial dreams have been eroded by western materialism.
New 2K Restoration. Restored in 2018 by Thelma Film AG with the support of Cinémathèque suisse, at Eclair Cinema, from the original negative.
“A wicked skewering of both the rich and those who seek their handouts.” – Hollywood Reporter
“Very special, has its own unique rhythm” – Martin Scorsese
“A furious vision” – New Yorker
“Mesmerizing Anti-Neocolonial Masterpiece” Layla Gaye, Mubi
“One of the most powerful cinematic arcs against the pernicious effects of capitalism. Third World Cinema questioning the heart of Western culture in relation to the erosion of the soul through the material addiction to greed.” – smndvcl, Mubi
- 1/21 | 8:00PM