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Djibril Diop Mambety
Senegal, 1992
News from the Archive, 110min, OmeU

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Hyènes

Djibril Diop Mambety
Senegal, 1992
News from the Archive, 110min, OmeU

Cast: 
Mansour Diouf
Draman Drameh
Mahouredia Gueye
Le Maire
Djibril Diop Mambéty
Gaana
Ami Diakhate
Linguère Ramatou
Issa Samb
Professor
Screenplay: 
Djibril Diop Mambéty
Camera: 
Matthias Kälin
Editor: 
Loredana Cristelli
Composer: 
Wasis Diop
Decoration: 
Oumou Sy

Production: 
Thelma Film
Format: 
DCP
Color

When “Der Besuch der alten Dame” premiered in Zurich in early 1956, Friedrich Dürrenmatt couldn’t have guessed that the story of a wealthy woman corrupting a whole village was destined to become a key text for the second half of the 20th century – how obvious it might look in hindsight. After turning into a world-wide success story, a first film version was made in 1963 by Bernard Wicki as a star-studded international co-production that moved the story from small-town Switzerland to a vaguely Balkan place and changed the merciless original finale into a Happy End. No such nonsense with Djibril Diop Mambéty! What looks at first like a mildly exotic take on Dürrenmatt proves on closer inspection to be the most congenially accurate adaptation of this particular work for cinema and television alike. That said: Djibril Diop Mambéty couldn’t persuade himself to be quite as cold and cynical as Dürrenmatt: Linguère Ramatou still sees to it that all citizens of Colobane take part in the murder of Dramaan Drameh who betrayed her when she was young, but it’s done in a decidedly more colorful fashion than anybody here would dare, not to mention those cheeky surrealist touches added by the master in his inimitable fashion. (Olaf Möller)

Djibril Diop Mambéty: BADOU BOY (1970), TOUKI BOUKI (1973), PARLONS GRAND-MÈRE (1989), LE FRANC (1994), LA PETITE VENDEUSE DE SOLEIL (1999)