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Zombi Child

OT: Zombi Child

Bertrand Bonello // France, 2019
Fiction Feature // FF2019
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In his new film, Bertrand Bonello blends 1960s Haiti and present-day Paris to a surreal voodoo vision. A film full of frenzy, both puzzling and enchanting. Haiti, 1962. A man dies after taking powder and is brought back to life by voodoo. From now on, he has to work as a slave on the island’s sugar cane plantations. Paris, 55 years later: at an elite boarding school, a girl with Haitian roots invites some classmates to a traditional initiation ritual – not anticipating that a lovesick friend will misuse the magic to try to put a spell on her boyfriend so that he never leaves her.


BERTRAND BONELLO (*1968) is seen as one of France’s most radical directors. Films like The Pornographer (2001), House of Tolerance (2011) and Nocturama (2016) all caused a stir on release. Zombi Child was shown at in Cannes in 2019 in the section Quinzaine de Réalisateurs.



Zombi Child

Fiction Feature

French, Haitian Creole




103 min

OV with English subtitles

Bertrand Bonello

Bertrand Bonello

Louise Labèque, Wislanda Louimat, Katiana Milfort, Mackenson Bijou, Adilé David, Ninon François, Mathilde Riu, Patrick Boucheron, Néhémy Piere-Dahomey, Ginite Popote, Sayyid El Alami, Saadia Bentaieb

Bertrand Bonello, Judith Lou Lévy, Eve Robin

Yves Cape

Anita Roth

Bertrand Bonello

Katia Wyszkop



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