BY TAMBAY A. OBENSON
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) native Philippe Lacôte‘s feature film debut, Run, made its world premiere at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival last year, in the Un Certain Regard sidebar – a program created to recognize young, promising talent and to encourage innovative and daring storytelling on film, and has continued to travel the international film festival circuit, drawing critical acclaim along the way (although it is currently without an American distributor).
While that film continues to tour, the filmmaker is prepping his next feature, which will be based on the real-life story of Ivorian gang leader, Zama, who was slashed to death by fed-up locals, on the streets of Abidjan, the country’s economic hub.
“Zama is a product of the war, a former child soldier who went on to become the leader of an infamous street gang. Through his trajectory, I’ll explore the Ivory Coast’s post-war era,” director Lacôte told Screen magazine at the ongoing Jerusalem Film Festival, where Run is screening.
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