Compétition internationale
46th edition
NOVEMBER 15>23, 2024, Nantes - France

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The Lion Has Seven Heads
(Der Leone Have Sept Cabeças)

by Glauber ROCHA


In his first film shot in exile, Glauber Rocha (1939–1981) builds a sort of epic and apocalyptic theatre to stage the struggle of people from the Third World against the forces of Western imperialism. In a mythical Africa that embodies the strongest and most violent contradictions of neo-colonialism, the revolutionaries train guerrillas to combat the agents of oppression. Shot in twenty-two days in 1969, during the transition to the People’s Republic of the Congo, the film signals the start of a transformation in Rocha’s filmmaking and gives concrete form to his search for a new political, tricontinental cinema, “a dangerous, cinema, divine and marvellous”, as he says in the Dziga Vertov group’s Wind from the East (Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin).

José Quental

  • Titre français
    Le Lion à sept têtes
  • Original title
    Der Leone Have Sept Cabeças
  • Titre international
    The Lion Has Seven Heads
  • Scénario
    Glauber Rocha, Gianni Amico
  • Photo
    Guido Cosulich
  • Montage
    Glauber Rocha, Eduardo Escorel
  • Interprétation
    Rada Rassimov, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Giulio Brogi
  • Production
    Polifilm, Rome
  • Producteur délégué
    Gianni Barcelloni (Italie) et Claude Antoine (France)
  • Ventes internationales
    Cinemateca Brasileira

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