Martine Syms's debut feature brings her razor-sharp satire and vivid aesthetic sense to this deadpan coming-of-age comedy. The African Desperate follows Palace, a Black MFA student, on a homeward odyssey back to Chicago after graduating from an insufferably white liberal arts college in upstate New York.
A meditation on the complexity of faith, not only in spirituality, but in the fragile beauty of earthly existence. Winner of both the Camera d’Or at Cannes and Cahiers du Cinema's André Bazin Prize, both of which celebrate outstanding feature debuts, Phạm Thiên Ân's film is a beautiful entry in the slow cinema canon.
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