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Grigris, Wednesday, January 7th, 7 p.m. , Alpine Playhouse

Grigris, Wednesday Jan. 7th

Grigris, Wednesday Jan. 7th

The McCall Film Society’s Winter Series will start on Wednesday, January 7th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave, with “Grigris” a drama set in Chad tells the story of Grigris who despite his bum leg, dreams of being a professional dancer; when he turns to oil smuggling to earn much needed money, all his aspirations are put in peril. Grigis “was the winner of the Vulcan Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

The director, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun describes the origins of the film: “I wanted to make a film about those petrol smugglers I could see all over N’Djamena who got involved in car chases – they would load their cars with petrol cans and then get chased by customs officers. This is a widespread phenomenon that I wished to address in a crime film, while keeping away from the genre’s clichés. In 2011, while I was attending the FESPACO Film Festival in Ouagadougou, I went to a show where I discovered Souleymane Démé, a dancer whose left leg was crippled. When he got on stage, I thought to myself “That’s the hero of the story I want to tell.” I remember that back then he dyed his hair blonde and that there was something supernatural about him that drew me in. That encounter helped me come up with the storyline.

Haroun was born in 1960 in Chad. He studied film in Paris and journalism in Bordeaux. In 2006, he won the Special Jury Award at the Venice Film Festival for his third feature, Daratt, A Dry Season. In the same year, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York paid tribute to Haroun by hosting a retrospective of his films. In 2010, his fourth feature, A Screaming Man, won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In the same year, he garnered the prestigious Robert Bresson Award at the Venice Film Festival, and the Premio Humanidade at the 34th Mostra in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was a member of the Jury for the main competition at the Festival de Cannes in 2011. Shot in Chad in 2012, Grigris is his fifth feature.
Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting next Monday, December 29th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.


Review from Variety