Irish Film Institute -YEELEN



105 minutes, Mali-Burkina-Faso-France-West Germany-Japan, 1987, Subtitled, Colour, DVD

Often called the best African film ever made, Yeelen is Star Wars meets Jung. In the 14th century, a handsome young man sets off to confront his father. A hyena talks to him from a tree. Through magical landscapes, like Luke Skywalker, the young man starts to draw upon magical powers; sometimes he’s naked. He meets a young woman, and then comes the Oedipal encounter. The prologue explains the cosmology of this tale and the ending. . . well, it’s as abstract as 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Screening as part of Stories From Africa (October6th – 22nd).  

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