Grey Matter (Matiêre Grise)


Year: 2011
Country: RWANDA
Run Time: 100 minutes

The first feature-length film directed by a Rwandan filmmaker living in his homeland, GREY MATTER is a complex narrative that blends reality and fantasy as it follows the manifestation of young filmmaker Balthazar's first fictional film, "The Cycle of the Cockroach." With funding denied by his government, devoted Balthazar sets out to make his movie unaided, determined to create a piece of art that honestly captures the psychological repercussions of Rwandan genocide. Ultimately, the self-referential GREY MATTER becomes a film-within-a-film as Balthazar's script comes to life before our eyes. Two parts of "The Cycle" play out, detailing the aftermath of both a man driven insane by the carnage he committed during the war and the horrific experiences of a brother and sister whose parents were victims of the genocide. Courageously discerning and innovative, this film portrays new insight into the monumental effects of the political violence found in the Rwandan Civil War. (In Kinyarwanda and French with subtitles) – M.M.

Kivu Ruhorahoza

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Born in Kigali, Rwanda, Kivu Ruhorahoza experienced the Rwandan Civil War as a child and emerged determined to become a writer and filmmaker. Since then he has made a number of short films and experimental documentaries, screening at festivals such as Rotterdam and Venice. Currently he is writing his first novel and adapting it into a screenplay.

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