MERCY OF THE JUNGLE, THE
Set in 1998 at the outset of the Second Congo War, Rwandan director Joël Karekezi's (IMBABAZI: THE PARDON) second feature is a thrilling road movie about a pair of Rwandan soldiers navigating both wilderness and personal existential crises while lost behind enemy lines between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. When experienced soldier Sergeant Xavier (Marc Zinga, DHEEPAN, THE UNKNOWN GIRL) and fresh recruit Private Faustin (Stéphane Bak, ELLE) are accidentally left behind by their battalion just as Congolese militia begin swarming the area, they only have each other. As they embark on an odyssey through a hostile landscape teeming with enemy patrols, wildlife and mercenary mining operations, the men must learn to rely on each other's very different skill sets if they are to survive. Winner, Silver Hugo, New Directors Competition, 2018 Chicago International Film festival; Official Selection, 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. (Note adapted from Toronto International Film Festival.) DIR/SCR Joël Karekezi; SCR Casey Schroen; PROD Aurélien Bodinaux. Rwanda/Belgium/France, 2018, color, 91 min. In French and Swahili with English subtitles. NOT RATED
No AFI Member passes accepted.