37° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL
TFFDOC/INTERNAZIONALE

KONGO

KONGO
by Hadrien La Vapeur, Corto Vaclav
Country: France
Year: 2019
Duration: 70'


In Brazzaville, an invisible world governs the visible world. The apostle Medard struggles to heal the sick victims of bad spells. But his life changes when he is publicly accused of practicing black magic.

Biography

film director

Corto Vaclav

Corto Vaclav, anthropologist trained in Nanterre, discovered the work of Jean Rouch and developed a passion for Africa. He worked for two years at the Ethnographic Film Committee, where he establish many relationships within this world of explorer-filmmakers. There he met Hadrien La Vapeur, who was looking for a sound recorder to shoot in Congo. Very quickly, the journey is transformed into an initiatory and protean exploration.

FILMOGRAFIA

Hadrien La Vapeur, Corto Vaclav: Tsikembe Tsifoula (cm, 2016), L’étrange histoire de prince Dethmer (cm, 2018), Kongo (2019).

Hadrien La Vapeur

Hadrien La Vapeur, assistant to Philippe Garrel for ten years, he shot Super8 experimental films. Fascinated by the trance and the spirit world, he meets Corto Vaclav, anthropologist. They both go to Congo to shoot documentaries in direct cinema. They founded the label Expédition Invisible.

FILMOGRAFIA

Les premiers rêves chromatiques (cm, 2003), Les pieds qui puent (cm, 2007), Les comètes incriminées (cm, 2008), L’or et le rien (cm, 2008), Antologia de Santo Daime (cm, 2012).Hadrien La Vapeur, Corto Vaclav: Tsikembe Tsifoula (cm, 2016), L’étrange histoire de prince Dethmer (cm, 2018), Kongo (2019).

Declaration

film director

“In Africa, no sphere of society escapes enchantment and magic. [...] To penetrate this strange universe, it was essential for us to work in pairs, not only to deepen our understanding of this society but also not to lose ground in the irrational. For behind the omnipresence of the marvellous lies a more disturbing aspect: that of witchcraft. This delicate subject has become the starting point of our film; to approach it, we decided to place ourselves on the side of the ngunzas, a brotherhood of traditional healers in Brazzaville, in charge of fighting bad spells. Thus, we met the apostle Medard who, opening his temple to our camera, became the main character of Kongo.”

Cast

& Credits

hadrien la vapeur, corto vaclav
KONGO
Francia/France, 2019, 70’, col.

kongo

regia, montaggio/directors, film editing
Hadrien La Vapeur, Corto Vaclav
fotografia/cinematography
Hadrien La Vapeur
musica/music
Gaspar Claus
suono/sound
Corto Vaclav
interprete/cast
Apôtre Médard
produttori/producers
François-Pierre Clavel, Hadrien La Vapeur, Corto Vaclav, Alexandre Perrier
produzione/production
Kidam, Expedition Invisible
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contatti/contacts
Pyramide International
sales@pyramidefilms.com
www.pyramidefilms.com
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