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La femme au couteau

(The Woman with the Knife, Timité Bassori, 1969)

New Restoration

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In La femme au couteau, a young man traumatized by his strict African upbringing returns home after a long stay in Europe. Once home, he has difficulty readjusting to the place where he grew up and experiences debilitating sexual inhibition, made manifest by recurring visions of a woman brandishing a huge knife. He turns to both traditional African medicine and Western psychoanalysis in search of a remedy. Most consider this to be the most accomplished film by Ivory Coast director Bassori, who also plays the lead role. (80 mins., 4K DCP)

Image: Le femme au couteau, image courtesy of The Film Foundation

Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. Restoration funded by the George Lucas Family Foundation. This restoration is part of the African Film Heritage Project, created by The Film Foundation, the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI), and UNESCO—in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna—to help locate, restore, and disseminate African cinema.

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Past Film/Video

La femme au couteau