“The film’s main question is, ‘How did we come to such violence?’” said the Franco-Ivorian director, lamenting the thousands of people killed during a decade of rebellion, civil war and post-election violence.
Run, both the film title and the main character’s name, chronicles the slide from innocence to violence and crime in this resource-rich country that was once a beacon of stability in west Africa.
His project drew attention when presented in pre-production at the 2012 Cannes film festival. And while the film has touched some nerves at home, the state has agreed to finance seven per cent of its 1$2.4 million budget, with the rest coming from France and Israel.
The buzz has also brought native son Isaach de Bankole — who appeared in the 2006 James Bond thrillerCasino Royale and Lars von Trier’s 2005 film Manderlay — back home for the first time in 17 years to play a role in Run.
The story centres around a peaceable teenager who is on track to become a village “rainmaker” or sorcerer but instead joins the Young Patriots, followers of the former president Laurent Gbagbo who are capable of extreme violence.