Our Father, the Devil
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Winner, Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, Tribeca, 2022
Winner, Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature, New Orleans Film Festival, 2022
Nominated for Best Feature at 2023 Independent Spirit Awards
100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes
Marie Cissé (Babetida Sadjo) works as the head chef at a retirement home in small-town France. Her easy day-to-day life spent caring for residents, hanging out with her co-worker and best friend Nadia (Jennifer Tchiakpe), and teasing a potential new romance is disrupted by the arrival of Father Patrick (Souléymane Sy Savané), an African priest whom she recognizes from a terrifying episode in her homeland. . As he further endears himself to the residents and staff, Marie is forced to decide how best to deal with this reminder of her troubled past.
Ellie Foumbi’s feature directorial debut is an intense and fearless dissection of trauma, power, revenge, guilt, and the devils hiding within all of us. Featuring Oscar®-worthy performances by Sadjo and Savané, Our Father, the Devil is a stunning showcase for the impeccable talents of everyone involved. Heart-pounding and morally gray throughout, Foumbi and her collaborators have created a new classic that dares to go to bold cinematic heights. –Karen McMullen, TRIBECA.
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2022, 107 minutes, USA/France, In French with English Subtitles, Unrated, Directed by Ellie Foumbi
“Ellie Foumbi’s explosive debut can’t be denied; neither can the performances here, notably the one from Sadjo, who cycles through a juggernaut of raw, intense emotions.”- Randy Myers, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
“Writer-Director Ellie Foumbi’s feature directorial debut, Our Father, The Devil, defies genre and expectations. It’s not the kind of psychological thriller we’ve come to expect.”- Sharai Bohannon, DREAD CENTRAL