Drama | Running Time: 90 minutes
2023 / French
Country: Belgium, Netherlands and Democratic Republic of the Congo
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and now based in Belgium, Baloji is an award-winning musician, filmmaker and polymath artist working with costumes, fashion and other visual forms. Omen screened in the official selection in Cannes this year, accompanied by a four-part soundtrack written from each character’s point of view. It screens with an accompanying exhibition of photographs and costumes.
VOX Cinema Imax 7 Red Sea Mall
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VOX Cinema 4 Red Sea Mall
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CastMarc Zinga, Lucie Debay, Eliane Umuhire, Yves-Marina Gnahoua, Marcel Otete Kabeya
When Koffi returns to the Democratic Republic of Congo with his Belgian wife Alice, he is hoping her pregnancy will help break the ice with his estranged family. Instead, he is pulled back into a society governed by superstition and fear, shown by the director’s allusive, intuitive storytelling to be the legacy of trauma as much as tradition. In four sections focused on different characters – Koffi, the sister Tshala he left behind, a fly young street trader in antibiotics called Paco and Koffi’s emotionally wounded mother, Mujila, - this visually rich and musically vivid film weaves between witchcraft, ritual purging and streetsmart modernity, much as Koffi’s family – and, by extension, this suffering country – are wont to do.