One of the treasures of African cinema, Senegalese master Djibril Diop Mambéty's long-delayed follow-up to his canonical TOUKI BOUKI is a hallucinatory comic adaptation of Swiss avant-garde writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play "The Visit," which in Mambéty's imagining follows a now-rich woman returning to her poor desert hometown to propose a deal to the populace: her fortune, in exchange for the death of the man who years earlier abandoned her and left her with his child. Per its title, HYENAS is a film of sinister, mocking laughter, and a biting satire of a contemporary Senegal whose post-colonial dreams are faced with erosion by Western materialism. Restored in 2018 by Thelma Film AG with the support of La Cinémathèque suisse, at Eclair Cinema, from the original negative. (Note courtesy of Metrograph Releasing.) DIR/SCR Djibril Diop Mambéty, from the play "The Visit" by Friedrich Dürrenmatt; PROD Pierre-Alain Meier, Alain Rozanès. Senegal/France/Switzerland/UK, 1992, color, 110 min. In Wolof, French and Japanese with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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