FR 11 NOV
20.30 HUMBOLDT FORUM
by Henri Duparc
Ivory Coast 1988 I Feature film I OmeU I 93 min
in the presence of Henriette Duparc (film producer/ Fondation Henri Duparc)
REPETITION 12.11. / 18.00 BROTFABRIKKINO
Demi-dieu (demigod) is a wealthy farmer and village chief with five wives. When he decides to marry a sixth wife, young Binta, in order to have a spouse for every day of the week (except Sunday, the day of rest), his five other wives become dissatisfied. Binta, a modern, self-confident woman, does not want to submit. Soon there are conflicts with her husband and the other wives, which provide comedy.
AFRIKAMERA presents a classic of the genre with the polygamy comedy Bal Poussière. With humor and slapstick, the film by Ivorian director Henri Duparc invites the viewers* to reflect on ingrained habits and social change and to practice a reflection in self-criticism.
HENRI DUPARC, born 1941 in Guinea, died 2006 in Paris, studied film business at the “Ecole de Cinématographie de Belgrade” and at the “Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques (IDHEC) de Paris”. He then settled in Ivory Coast and founded “Focale 13”, his film production and broadcasting company. An emblematic figure of African cinema, he devoted most of his work to comedies in which he addressed the social problems of modern Africa. His best-known films include Abusuan (1972), Une Couleur Café (1997), Rue Princesse (1993) and Caramel (2004).