La Belle at the Movies
Dir. Cecilia Zoppelletto
Documentary, DR Congo/Belgium/UK, 2015, 66 min.
French & Lingala, w/ English subtitles
Kinshasa, “Kin la Belle” is a city of 10 million people without a single cinema house. The story of the city, its apartheid era, and Mobutu’s neo-colonialism, unfolds through the fate of its cinemas. At the same time, “La Belle” celebrates the Kinshasa cowboys who found their identity in the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960's. Through interviews and poetic imagery, “La Belle at the Movies” bears a unique testimony to an African film industry in crisis - orphaned but living in hope for a brighter future.
Followed by reception
preceded by the short film:
Ennemi du Temps (Enemy of Time)
Dir. Muhindo Abraham
Narrative, DR Congo, 2016, 12 min.
French w/ English subtitles
Sifa, in the darkness, attracted by the obstacle of reality, finds herself between the future, the present and the past. This disaster pushes her to cross over time, behind which her reality is hidden.
Cecilia Zoppelletto (Director/Producer/Writer)
Cecilia, born in Padua (Italy) in 1975, living in London since 1994. She has worked as producer for the Italian national broadcasting company RAI and as TV host and writer for the Italian network Antenna Tre Nordest. After obtaining an MA in Film Studies with distinction from the University of Westminster, in 2015 Cecilia has begun a PhD research on the film archives of the DRC. ‘La Belle At The Movies’ is her directorial debut.
Paolo Camata (Co-Producer/Cinematographer/Editor)
Paolo was born in Vittorio Veneto, Italy in 1981. He studied Multimedia Science and Technology at the University of Udine, where he achieved a BA cum laude and started producing shows for Italian National Television, RAI. In 2005 he started working at Antenna Tre Nordest as an editor to then become studio director for live shows. In 2011 he moved to London and has worked as multi- skilled operator for RAI London since.