Director Djibril Diop Mambety
Film series Tales of Ordinary People
Writer Djibril Diop Mambety
Genre Short, Comedy
|Release date August 1994 (Locarno Film Festival)September 11, 1995 (1995-09-11) (Toronto Film Festival)|
Initial release October 9, 1995 (New York City)
Cast Dieye Ma Dieye (Marigo), Aminata Fall (Landlady), Demba Bâ (The Dwarf)
Music director Issa Cissokho, Moussa NDiaye, Dieye Ma Dieye
Similar movies Set in Senegal, Comedies
Le professeur moustapha kasse sur le franc cfa
Le Franc is a 1994 Senegalese short comedy film, directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty.
Le Franc is about Marigo, a penniless musician living in a shanty town, relentlessly harassed by his formidable landlady.
This film uses the French government's 50% devaluation of the West African CFA franc in 1994, and the resulting hardships as the basis for a whimsical commentary on using the lottery for survival.
Le Franc was originally intended as the first film of a trilogy under the title, Tales of Ordinary People. However, Mambety’s untimely death in 1998 prevented the completion of the third film.
Marigo the musician dreams with his instrument – a congoma – confiscated by his landlady because he never pays the rent. He gets hold of a lottery ticket and decides to put it in a safe place while he waits for the draw: he glues it to the back of his door. The night of the draw, fortune blinds Marigo, he is the proud owner of the winning ticket. He already sees himself as a millionaire, with a thousand congomas, an orchestra and a private plane… He even has visions of the charismatic Aminata Fall, symbol of capitalism in Africa. But there is small problem; the ticket is glued to the door…
Le Franc was released on DVD coupled with La petite vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl who Sold the Sun) and is distributed by California Newsreel Productions.
ReferencesLe Franc Wikipedia
Le Franc IMDb Le Franc themoviedb.org