Although not one of the most popular category in Cannes Film Festival, the Directors’ Fortnight is an independent section held in parallel to the European festival. Started in 1969 by the French Directors Guild, it showcases a programme of shorts and features films and documentaries worldwide. One of the most interesting films seen in the section in the current year edition of the festival was French drama fantasy film Zombi Child (2019).
Starting in Haiti, 1962, a man is brought back from the dead to work in the hell of sugar cane plantations. 55 years later, a Haitian teenager tells her friends her family secret not suspecting that it will push one of them to commit the irreparable. Awards winner filmmaker Bertrand Bonello, one of the veterans in Cannes, and responsible of films like The Pornographer (2001), Tiresia (2003) or Nocturama (2016), has been the writer and director of the film.
Filmed in Haiti in French and Haitian languages, Zombi Child (2019) is starred by Louise Labeque, Wislanda Louimat, Katiana Milfort, Mackenson Bijou, Adilé David, Ninon François, Mathilde Riu, Ginite Popote, Néhémy Pierre-Dahomey, Sayyid El Alami and Saadia Bentaïeb.
After its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last month, Zombi Child (2019) received mainly positive reactions. It is scheduled to open in theaters in France on the 12th of June. Its official trailer in the original French language has been released to the public recently, and you can watch it here.
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