A winning combination of witty comedy and sweet-natured drama, WALLAY finds a young boy coming of age in a different culture. Following the death of his French mother, 13-year-old Ady (Makan Nathan Diarra) lives alone with his father in Lyon. Edging toward delinquency, Ady is sent to his father's hometown in Burkina Faso. Once there, he is entrusted to the guardianship of his uncle, a fisherman and disciplinarian who intends to put the boy back on the right track. To do so, he decides that Ady needs to learn the ways and traditions of his family's culture, with mixed results. By contrast, Ady's grandmother is a gentle woman who sees in the boy a deep reservoir of grief. She offers Ady the love that he has missed since his mother died. An all-too-relevant tale about finding one's place in the world, WALLAY was inspired by director Berni Goldblat's own mixed cultural identity as Swiss-Polish-Swedish-Burkinabe. (Note adapted from BFI London Film Festival.) Official Selection, 2017 Berlin, Durban and London film festivals. DIR Berni Goldblat; SCR David Bouchet; PROD Nicolas Anthomé. Burkina Faso/France, 2017, color, 84 min. In French and Dioula with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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