Raoul Peck’s Moloch Tropical has been chosen as one of the films of the Special Presentations line-up for the Toronto International Film Festival, running September 10-19 in Toronto, Canada. The festival will host three Gala Presentations and nineteen Special Presentations. Moloch Tropical will be screened on September 12.
First Showing describes Moloch Tropical: “A democratically elected ‘President’ and his closest collaborators are getting ready for a state celebration. But in the morning of the event, he wakes up to find the country inflamed and the streets in turmoil. Despite the situation, the President does not want to face reality and refuses to resign. Overwhelmed, he plunges into a deep mental confusion as the events unfold. Set in a castle in the clouds, Moloch Tropical is a Shakespearian, behind-the-scenes depiction of the end of power.” [Also see previous post Raoul Peck’s Moloch Tropical.]
Moloch Tropical, co-written by Jean-René Lemoine and Raoul Peck, and directed/produced by Peck, stars Zinedine Soualem and Sonia Rolland as the President and his wife. Other members of the cast include Mireille Métellus, Nicole Dogué, Emmeline Michel, Jimmy Jean-Louis, and local Haitian actors. Much of the filming took place around the Citadelle Henri. Peck has spoken positively of having been able to film in his native country. In an interview right after completing the filming, he said, “As for me, I feel firstly a great relief and great pride in having been able to make this film at home, in my country. Any obstacles we may have had are insignificant in view of this amazing and unique experience.”
For reviews, an interview with Raoul Peck, and photos (for example, photo shown here of Peck with Sonia Rolland), see http://blogs.arte.tv/moloch-tropical/frontUser.do?method=getHomePage
For more information on the Toronto International Film Festival, see http://www.firstshowing.net/2009/07/14/new-batch-of-2009-toronto-international-film-festival-titles/