Metrograph Pictures

Hyenas
Hyenas
Director: Djibril Diop Mamb├ęty
1992 / 110 mins / DCP
Cast: Mansour Diouf, Ami Diakhate, Mahouredia Gueye, Baye Peulh, Issa Ramagelissa Samb, Kaoru Egushi

New 4K Restoration | Opening April 26 at Metrograph, New York, NY

One of the treasures of African cinema, Senegalese master Mambéty’s long-delayed follow-up to his canonical Touki Bouki is a hallucinatory comic adaptation of Swiss avant-garde writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play The Visit, which in Mambéty’s version has a now-rich woman returning to her poor desert hometown to propose a deal to the populace: Her fortune, in exchange for the death of the man who years earlier abandoned her and left her with his child. Per its title, a film of sinister, mocking laughter, and a biting satire of a contemporary Senegal whose once-lofty post-colonial dreams have been eroded by western materialism.

Restored in 2018 by Thelma Film AG with the support of Cinémathèque suisse, at Eclair Cinema, from the original negative.