Zombi Child

by Bertrand Bonello
19.08.20 – 09.09.20

Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. In Paris, 55 years later, at the prestigious Légion d’honneur boarding school, a Haitian girl confesses an old family secret to a group of new friends - never imagining that this strange tale will convince a heartbroken classmate to do the unthinkable.

The film will be screened in collaboration with Vega Scene and Cinemateket i Oslo.

"Bonello leaves us hypnotised and hungrily begging for more."

- Little White Lies

About the film

The undead we meet in Bertrand Bonello's latest film are different from those we find in The Night of the Living Dead. This is a film that takes Haitian culture seriously, and that uses Haitian folk beliefs and history as a starting point for a horror film with a socially critical sting and a rich ideological-historical background. Combined with a spooky atmosphere and a bunch of genuinely disturbing scenes, Zombi Child is an exceptionally smart and interesting zombie movie from the director of House of Tolerance and Nocturama.

About the filmmaker

Bertrand Bonello (b. 1968, Nice) began a career in music before turning to cinema and directing. His first feature film, Something Organic was presented at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival. He followed up with the feature films The Pornographer (2001), Tiresia (2003) and On War (2008). Three years later, his feature film House of Tolerance made Cannes’ official selection; praised by the critics, it received eight nominations for the French César awards. In 2014, he directed Saint Laurent, which also was selected in official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie represented France at the academy awards and received ten César nominations. The same year, he exhibited at the Pompidou Center, which dedicated a film retrospective to his work, and released a music album. In 2016, he released Nocturama, his seventh feature film.

Zombi Child
Bertrand Bonello
France, Haiti
1 hour 46 min
French, Haitian and English with English subtitles