Zombi Child

France, 103m, DCP

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Screened January 24–February 6, 2020

For his eighth feature, Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama) masterfully injects new life into the well trod-upon zombie genre with a tale that criss-crosses between generations and hemispheres, the dead and the undead. Drawing from the true story of Clairvius Narcisse, who was reportedly zombified in 1962 Haiti and put to work in the sugarcane fields, Bonello tracks between the past and present-day Paris, where Narcisse’s (fictional) granddaughter struggles to fit in with the other (predominantly white) girls at her prestigious boarding school. With bewitching cinematography by Yves Cape (Holy Motors) and a hypnotic electro score (written by Bonello), Zombi Child offers a phantasmagorical mix of traditional Haitian mythology and haunted contemporary youth. A Film Movement release

In French and Haitian Creole; with English subtitles

Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival

A film by Bertrand Bonello

Bonello leaves us hypnotised and hungrily begging for more.”

Little White Lies

Scintillating…fueled by insinuation and fascination.”

Glenn Kenny, The New York Times [Critic's Pick]