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About Djaïli Amadou Amal and Fabienne Kanor ONLINE @ University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa @Georgia State University in Atlanta, @University of Iowa @Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States - Atlanta Office.

New Films at Metrograph Digital

The Little Girl Who Sold The Sun

Metrograph announced its new screenings available on their digital platform in February: 

KIRSTEN JOHNSON CARTE BLANCHE: YEELEN
Saturday, Feb 6 at 8PM ET and on demand Feb 7-13

Director: Souleymane Cisse, Mali, 1987, 105 min
This adaptation of an ancient oral legend from Mali is one the most acclaimed and widely seen African films ever made. An Oedipal story mixed with magic, Yeelen (“brightness”) is as visually stunning as anything that has come from Hollywood.

DEUX FOIS
On demand until Feb 17
Director: Jackie Raynal, France, 1968, 65 min

Before she came to New York and became the groundbreaking programmer of the legendary Bleecker Street Cinema, and after her work as an editor for Éric Rohmer and Jean Eustache, Jackie Raynal made this wildly inventive experimental feature. Starring Raynal herself, Deux fois is one of the most notable, and enigmatic, films to have come from the Zanzibar Group, a collective of young artists and directors making underground movies full of the energy and apathy of May ’68. 

NEW YORK STORY & HOTEL NEW YORK
Wed. Feb 17 at 8PM ET and on demand Feb 18-24

Director: Jackie Raynal, USA, 1981-1984, 27 min-63 min
In Hotel New York, a French filmmaker, Loulou (Jackie Raynal, essentially playing herself), comes to New York after being invited to present one of her works at the Museum of Modern Art. She falls in love with the eccentricities of the city and decides to stay, looking for work as an editor and finding marriage bliss, then boredom, with an entrepreneur named Sid. The film is preceded by New York Story, Raynal’s short from three years earlier that was expanded into Hotel New York, both autobiographical stories blending drama and absurdist comedy.

LE FRANC & THE LITTLE GIRL WHO SOLD THE SUN
Feb 19-March 4, for members only

Director: Djibril Diop Mambety, Senegal, 1994-1999, 46 min-45 min
Two of the masterpieces of the medium-length form that Djibril Diop Mambéty completed in his final years provide us a fuller picture of the elements that define his small, but perfect, filmography—a rich social vision, sly humor, and formal ingenuity. Mambéty initially meant for these films to lead off a trilogy to be titled “Tales of Ordinary People,” but sadly lived only to complete Le Franc and The Little Girl Who Sold The Sun. Both films were restored in 2K by Waka Films in 2019 with the support of the Institut français – Cinémathèque Afrique and the CNC at Éclair Laboratories from the original negative.

NINKI NANKA, THE PRINCE OF COLOBANE
Feb 19-25, for members only

Director: Laurence Gavron, Senegal, 1992, 45 min
In April and May 1991, Djibril Diop Mambéty shot his second—and final—feature, Hyenas. Rather than taking the making-of approach, Ninki Nanka, The Prince of Colobane used the filming of Mambéty’s movie, which he wrote, directed, and acted in, as a pretext to examine his character. Following him throughout the shoot and also paying visits to his family and childhood friends, Laurence Gavron set off on a quest to find the real Djibril—actor, author, filmmaker, brilliant poet, rogue and clairvoyant, charmer with a big heart—in order to expose the different facets of this generous, creative, and fiercely committed vagabond spirit. 

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