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    Run

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    Directed by

    Ivory Coast, France

    2013

    96 min

    • French

    Drama, Thriller

    Run is running away... He has just killed his country’s Prime Minister. Therefore he had to take the face and clothes of a madman wandering throughout the town he had to take the face and clothes of a madman wandering throughout the town for months. His life returns to him in flashes: his childhood with master Tourou, for months. His life returns to him in flashes: his childhood with master Tourou, when he dreamt of becoming a rainmaker, his incredible adventures with when he dreamt of becoming a rainmaker, his incredible adventures with Greedy Gladys and his militia past as a Young Patriot in Ivory Coast’s political Greedy Gladys and his militia past as a Young Patriot in Ivory Coast’s political and military conflict. and military conflict. Run has not chosen all of these lives. He stumbled into Run has not chosen all of these lives. He stumbled into them, escaping from one them, escaping from one life to another. This is why he is called Run. life to another. This is why he is called Run.

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    Cast
    Isaach De Bankolé
    Rasmane Ouedraogo
    Djinda Kane
    Reine Sali Coulibaly
    Anne Pamela Anghate Agoh
    Abdoul Karim Konaté
    Abdoul Bah
    Clément Drabo
    Stéphane Sebime
    Safiatou Coulibaly
    Koné Soma
    N'Zanffouet Bienvenue Vianey Koffi
    Alexandre Desane
    Adelaïde Ouattara
    Screenplay
    Philippe Lacôte
    Cinematography
    Daniel Miller
    Editing
    Barbara Bossuet
    Music
    Sebastián Escoffet

    Director's Statement

    The latest political, military conflict in Ivory Coast cost 3,000 lives. I have first tried with a documentary approach to testify to a decade of crises. In Chronicles of War in the Ivory Coast, I filmed my neighborhood, a working-class suburb of Abidjan, from day to day, and interviewed Young Patriots, who were staunch supporters of former President Laurent Gbagbo... With RUN, I carried on observing this country in crisis, to attempt to cast new light on its politics, this time around through fiction, by portraying the last twenty years of my country through both its history and geography. A vast story which encompasses its collective history through the iconic life of one individual: Run. Today, fiction seems to me best adapted to shed light on the nightmare from which we have barely awoken and are still trying to comprehend.

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    The current hotness of African cinema just got a little hotter with the maturation of this promising new talent.

    Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

    Philippe Lacôte

    Philippe Lacôte

    Ivory Coast

    Philippe Lacôte grew up in Abidjan near a movie theater called “Le Magic”. In 1989 he started as a radio reporter with a series of sound portraits on the fall of the Berlin Wall. Later, he made his first short films: THE MESSENGER and AFFAIRE LIBINSKI, which were shown at several international festivals.
    Alongside these narrative-driven fictions, he has developed, since 2002, documentary work through films written in the first person (CAIRO HOURS, CHRONICLES OF WAR IN THE IVORY COAST). His first feature film, RUN, is at the junction of these two approaches. RUN won the Jerusalem Film Lab Award, and was presented at the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. His project NIGHT OF THE KINGS was selected for the Venice Gap-financing Market 2019.