OUR FATHER, THE DEVIL (MON PÈRE, LE DIABLE)

West Coast Premiere


US CINEMA  |  MIND THE GAP

US 2022, 108 min, Director: Ellie Foumbi

A complex work of inescapable power, this provocative debut, which won the audience award for Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival, announces Cameroonian-American filmmaker Ellie Foumbi as a major talent to watch. With a star-making turn by Babetida Sadjo at its center, Our Father, the Devil is a beguiling interrogation of trauma and its lingering aftereffects. Years after violent conflict shattered her life in Africa, Marie Cissé (Sadjo) has found refuge working as the head chef in a retirement home in small-town France. She isn’t prepared for the flood of emotions that erupt when a new priest, Father Patrick (Souléymane Sy Savané), arrives at her workplace and she recognizes him as a terrifying figure from her traumatic past. Foumbi holds her characters — and audience — to account, diving deep into the darkest corners of the human heart, and emerging with an intellectually stimulating dissection of revenge, power, victimhood, and the redemptive potential of love. —Wilfred Okiche

In French with English subtitles

Guest expected: writer-director Ellie Foumbi 



Showtimes

In-Person


6:00 PM — Rafael 2

11:00 AM — Sequoia 2

Director

Ellie Foumbi is an actor, writer, and director from Cameroon whose work has screened at Venice, Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Tribeca where her first feature won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. She's an alum of Berlinale Talents and New York Film Festival’s Artist Academy. Her projects have been supported by The Gotham, SFFILM Rainin Grant, Film Independent, the Tribeca Film Institute and the Venice Biennale College. She holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in Directing.

Film Info

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Year:

2022

Running Time:

108

Languages:

French, English

Director:

Ellie Foumbi

Producers:

Ellie Foumbi, Joseph Mastantuono

Cinematographers:

Tinx Chan

Editors:

Roy Clovis, Jr.

Writers:

Ellie Foumbi

Cast:

Babetida Sadjo, Souléymane Sy Savané, Jennifer Tchiakpe

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Subtitles:

English