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.
- Hadrien La Vapeur
- Hadrien La Vapeur
- Corto Vaclav
- Gaspar Claus
In Africa, no sphere of society escapes enchantment and magic. From abandoned women resorting to love potions to football teams over-energized by spells, till even in the high instances of politics. 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 marvelous 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.
- PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL
- EXPEDITION INVISIBLE
The directors depict a world where such obscure rituals take on a vast local importance.
Assistant to Philippe Garrel for ten years, Hadrien La Vapeur shot super 8 experimental films. Fascinated by the trance and the spirit world, he meets Corto Vaclav, anthropologist. They both go to Congo, where men live daily with their ancestors, to immerse themselves in this reality and shoot documentaries in direct cinema. They founded the label Expédition Invisible to regroup their different works. Their film KONGO was presented at the ACID Cannes in 2019.
An anthropologist trained on the banks of Nanterre, Corto Vaclav discovered Jean Rouch's work and immediately became passionate about Africa and cinema. He then moved closer to the Ethnographic Film Committee, for which he worked for two years in a row, allowing him to establish many relationships with this world of researchers-filmmakers whose stories fascinated him. 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. The two accomplices then decided to found the multimedia collection Expédition Invisible in order to bring together their various works. Their film KONGO was presented at ACID Cannes in 2019.