SU 10 NOV 18.30
O GRANDE KILAPY
ANGOLA, BRAZIL 2012 I DCP I OME I 100 MIN
Lisbon, mid-1960s, during the dictatorship of Salazar. João Frag, nicknamed Joãozinho, son of a wealthy Luanda banker and notorious philanderer, enjoys his student life in Portugal to the fullest. At the same time he maintains contacts with Angolan freedom fighters and escapes the persecution only because of his affair with the daughter of a minister. When this relationship ends, João is deported from the country. But back in Angola he does not give up: Through a clever fraud (on Bantu: “Kilapy”) he manages to use funds of the colonial rulers for his purposes – and becomes a folk hero.
With O GRANDE KILAPY, Gamboa has created a portrait of the feverish final phase of Portuguese rule in Angola, as if it were a black-humored and convincing one, accompanied by a great soundtrack with music from Luanda’s clubs of the 1960s.
ZÉZÉ GAMBOA, born 1956 in Luanda, worked from 1974 until
1980 for the Angolan television and realized since the 1990s numerous documentaries. O GRANDE KILAPY, his second feature film, has been featured at Toronto International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival and the London Film Festival.