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Preview Sardonic Angolan Drama 'The Great Kilapy' (Con Man Becomes National Hero)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 15, 2012 at 1:10PM

I'm not entirely sure of what to make of this based on the trailer below, but I can say with certainty that I'm most curious to see the rest of it!
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Lázaro Ramos

I'm not entirely sure of what to make of this based on the trailer below, but I can say with certainty that I'm most curious to see the rest of it!

Titled O Grande Kilapy (The Great Kilapy), and directed by Angolan filmmaker Zézé Gamboa (his second scripted feature film since 2004's The Hero), the film's synopsis reads:

Zézé Gamboa's sardonic historical drama follows a good-hearted, apolitical con man who, on the eve of Angolan independence in the mid-1970s, pulls off a massive swindle at the expense of the Portuguese colonial administration — and soon after finds himself hailed as a hero of the national liberation struggle.

Apparently, this apolitical man's name is Joãozinho, and he happens to live in luxury, buying expensive cars and dating beautiful white girls, all of which shocks the Portuguese dictatorial colonial regime. He just wanted to have a good life, and unintentionally became a subversive political hero.

Zézé Gamboa has stated that he considers himself part of a movement of African filmmakers who see their work as directly impacting the task of national reconstruction.

The Great Kilapy stars Lázaro Ramos - the man who has been called Brazil's Denzel Washington. Some of you may already be familiar with Ramos' work - specifically a 2005 Brazilian film titled, O Homem que Copiava (or The Man Who Copied) - a film that we've highlighted on S&A in the past. It won eight Brazilian Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Film, Best Supporting actor and Best Supporting Actress.

The Great Kilapy will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

I love the look of the trailer below; I want to see this:


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