Opening IN NEW YORK CITY at FILM AT LINCOLN CENTER
& QUAD CINEMA ON JANUARY 24, 2020
ZOMBI CHILD, from director Bertrand Bonello (Nocturama, Saint Laurent) injects history and politics into an unconventional cross-genre film. Opening in 1962 Haiti, the horror-fantasy follows the real-life story of Clairvius Narcisse (Mackenson Bijou), who falls dead on the street but is soon turned into a “zombi” when he is dug up from his grave and forced to work on a sugar-cane plantation. Shifting to present-day Paris at the Légion d’honneur boarding school, a rebellious teen named Fanny (Louise Labèque) befriends Melissa (Wislanda Louimat), who moved to France when her parents died in the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
After recruiting her into a secret literary sorority, Fanny learns of Melissa’s connection to Clairvius, and becomes obsessed with her new friend’s past and culture, soon doing the unthinkable: seeking out her voodoo mambo aunt to solve her recent heartbreak. Jonathan Romney of Screen Daily said, “Mixing political commentary, ethnography, teenage melodrama and genre horror, the film is an unashamedly cerebral study of multiple themes…taking us on a journey that’s as intellectually demanding as it is compelling”.
BLENDING MYSTICISM, SOCIAL COMMENTARY AND HORROR,
DIRECTOR BERTRAND BONELLO’S STIRRING, ATMOSPHERIC FILM
IS A CAPTIVATING GENRE MASH-UP THAT’S
“NOT UNDEAD BUT BRACINGLY ALIVE”
ZOMBI CHILD (2019)
Written and Directed by: Bertrand Bonello
Cast: Louise Labèque, Wislanda Louimat, Katiana Milfort, Macenson Bijou, Adilé David, Ninon François, Mathilde Riu, Ginite Popote, Néhémy
Produced by: Bertrand Bonello, Judith Lou Lévy
Music by: Bertrand Bonello
Cinematography by: Yves Cape
RT: 103 minutes
Language: French and Haitian with English Subtitles