This edition: January 2011
Original tape date: January 20, 2011.
1/ Johnny Mad Dog by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire
French filmmaker Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s brutal and uncompromising fictional account of a civil war set in Africa mixes documentary style techniques with storytelling that adds scope and depth to a nightmare world. The movie, follows child soldiers, very young boys, being used as fanatical assassins by adult rebel fighters. Trevor Groth of the Sundance Film Festival named Sauvaire as one of the 10 most promising filmmakers to watch. The movie “Johnny Mad Dog” is now being released in New York City and should be on everybody’s must-watch movie list this year. Canape spoke with the filmmaker at the Cannes Film Festival.
2/ Yoro Ndiaye
In 1993 a young African boy started singing rap with a group of friends. Fifteen years later, still singing but no longer rap, he was named the Revelation of 2008 in Senegalese Music. His name is Yoro N’diaye. His music mixes Senegalese folks styles with contemporary international acoustic trends. He has charmed France and Italy as well as Senegal. In 2010 he made a tour of the USA. CANAPE catches up with him in New York.
3/ Enter the Void by Gaspar Noe
We know the movies can show us the world. That’s the Lawrence of Arabia effect. And we know they can create alternative worlds. That’s The Star Wars effect. Less frequently but sometimes brilliantly movies move inside our heads and even try to penetrate our souls. That’s the ambition of controversial French director Gaspar Noe’s Enter the Void. It now receives a USA release in its full 160 minute version. CANAPE takes a look at the visually dazzling work.
4/ My French Film Festival
What makes a film festival? Is it the red carpet? Flashing cameras? Glamorous stars? Adoring fans? And some films too? But what if we go back to basics: just interesting new films. That’s the idea behind My French Film Festival, an entirely dematerialized festival available online where spectators can cast their votes. Florence Charmasson from Unifrance tells CANAPE about the new global venture. And director-writer Christopher Thompson, whose movie The Last Summer Tour is in competition, shares his comments with CANAPE.
5/ Garry Pierre Pierre
The devastating January 2010 earthquake in Haiti killed thousands and left over a million people homeless. A year later the situation shows only modest improvement and new dangers. What are the options? What should be done? What can be done? CANAPE talks to the editor of the New York based Haitian Times Gary Pierre Pierre about his book 35 Seconds – The Quake That Changed Haiti.
Florence Charmasson Film Festival Director
Paz De La Huerta Actress
Yoro Ndiaye Musician
Gaspar Noé Film Director
Garry Pierre-Pierre Producer/Co-Host, Independent Sources
Christopher Thompson Film Director