Hyenas • 1h 50m
Djibril Diop Mambéty • Senegal • 1992 • A 2K restoration of Mambéty's landmark in Senegalese cinema
Once poor, Linguère is now fabulously wealthy. She returns to her impoverished hometown to propose a deal to the local populace—her fortune, in exchange for the death of the man who years earlier abandoned her and left her with his child.
One of the treasures of African cinema, Hyenas is a film of sinister, mocking laughter, a biting satire of contemporary Senegal in which post-colonial dreams mingle with western materialism. Senegalese master Djibril Diop Mambéty’s long-delayed follow-up to his canonical Touki Bouki premiered at Cannes and Chicago, where it won the Special Jury Prize. Screening in a new 2K Restoration by Thelma Film AG with the support of Cinémathèque suisse, at Eclair Cinema, from the original negative.