Matière Grise Grey Matter

Story: Balthazar is a young African filmmaker on the brink of directing his first project, The Cycle of the Cockroach, a fictional story about a young woman who survived unspeakable atrocities only to find herself committed to the same mental institution as a man driven insane by the crimes he perpetrated during the war. Potential funders for the film insist the themes are too bleak and pessimistic-they encourage Balthazar to make a "message" film that raises awareness about gender-based violence or HIV/AIDS instead. But he refuses to give up. Instead of telling his production team the news, Balthazar continues preparations for the film without financing or equipment. After rehearsing a scene with each of the characters, reality blurs and scenes from the script materialize, provoking the question: Can a film like this exist only in the director's dreams? Armed with a daring and creative visual language, writer/director Kivu Ruhorahoza boldly grasps at the illusory trick of representation in ...
Year: 2011
Genre: Drama
Country: Rwanda
Language: Kinyarwanda
Production: Scarab Studio
Director: Kivu Ruhorahoza
Writer: Kivu Ruhorahoza
Cast: Ramadhan Bizimana, Tamim Hakizimana, Kennedy Jones Mazimpaka, Jean Pierre Kalonda, Hervé Kimenyi, Natasha Muziramakenga, Ruth Nirere, Juma Moses Nzabandora, Jp Uwayezu
Release date: 21 April 2011 (USA)
Budget: $250,000 (estimated)


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