Director: Roschdy Zem
Cast: Omar Sy, James Thierrée, Clotilde Hesme
110min – French with English Subtitles (2016)
Starring Omar Sy, from The Intouchables (2011) and Swiss circus-artist (and Charlie Chaplin’s grandson) James Thierrée, this bio-pic tells of Cuban-born Rafael Padilla, who rose to fame in France in the late 1800s. Under the stage-name Chocolat and together with the white clown Footit, Padilla gained popularity with racist circus-routines that reduced him to a buffoon.
Roschdy Zem has explored the theme of racism both as an actor and director. He continues to do so in this bio-pic, praised for its historically accurate feel.
(Courtesy of Ster Kinekor)