Trials tribulation dreams and aspirations of a young farmer earning a living making and selling charcoal in Congo. "Movies are like a machine that generates empathy," Roger Ebert once said. His sentiment is exemplified by Makala, a simple story of one man's labour told with an artistry that leaves an indelible impression.

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Critical Consensus: Good.
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Quinlan

02 Sep 2017
7.0
"Suspended between neorealism and ethnographic documentary, Makala by Emmanuel Gras is an important but unbalanced film." ...
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Cinemafrica

02 Sep 2017
8.0
"The director tries a difficult compositional balance between pathetic proximity and plastic-figurative distance, relying on an impact score, played on variations in the cello of Gaspar Claus." ...
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Cineuropa

01 Sep 2017
8.0
"Having risen to fame with Bovines, Gras confirms his remarkable talent as a very personal documentarian who above all looks to bring out the expressiveness in reality in order to reach the essence of everything he films." ...
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EAM Cinema Magazine

01 Sep 2017
4.0
"The biggest obstacle that Makala finds is his imbalance in the narrative and the discursive consequences that it entails. Gras builds a non-fiction piece that wants to support his expressiveness in the beauty of the image." ...

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Release Date(s):

May 23, 2017 (Cannes Film Festival: Semaine de la Critique, France)
July 1, 2017 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic)
August 5, 2017 (New Horizons Film Festival, Poland)
September 9, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival, Canada)
December 6, 2017 (France)

Executive Producer(s):

Antoine Delahousse

Cinematography:

Emmanuel Gras

Screenplay:

Anjali Nayar

Editor:

Karen Benainous

Sound:

Simon Apostolou, Manuel Vidal

Music:

Gaspar Claus

Original Score:

Gaspar Claus

Production Company:

Bathy Sphere

Distribution:

Les Films du Losange

Language:

Swahili, French

Runtime:

96 minutes

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