Director: Jean Luc Herbulot Run Time: 84 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2021 Language: French
Starring: Bruno Henry, Evelyne Ily Juhen, Mentor Ba, Roger Felmont Sallah, Yann Gael
The Late Show: Premiere Run!
Shot down after fleeing a coup and extracting a drug lord from Guinea-Bissau, the legendary mercenaries known as the Bangui Hyenas—Chaka, Rafa, and Midnight—must stash their stolen gold bounty, lay low long enough to repair their plane, and escape back to Dakar, Senegal. When they take refuge at a holiday camp in the coastal region of Sine-Saloum, they do their best to blend in with their fellow guests; including a mute named Awa, with secrets of her own, and a policeman who may be on their tail… But it’s Chaka who happens to be hiding the darkest secret of them all. Unbeknownst to the other Hyenas, he’s brought them there for a reason and once his past catches up to him, his decisions have devastating consequences, threatening to unleash literal hell on them all. – IFC Films
This epic genre mashup blew the doors off of its Midnight Madness premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and with good reason. Aptly sub-titled “Once Upon a Time in Africa,” its alchemical mix of outlaw western, gun-toting action, myth-making characterizations, magic, and demons (both emotional and supernatural) makes for a thrilling, gut-wrenching ride.