Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

MONDO

 

Year: 1996
Country: France
Run Time: 80 minutes

Francois Truffaut proposed that children existed in a sort of 'state of grace,' but does MONDO indeed depict a child, or something mroe? In the seaside town of Nice, Mondo appears, a boy with no family, home, or schooling, and volunteering zero details regarding his origin. He only has his name - and the ability to make quick friends among the city's outcasts and neglected. Mondo learns about the alphabet (" 'A' is a fly with its wings folded back") and faraway places from a landlocked sailor. He finds gentleness in a homeless man. He's taught tricks by a street magician. He finds shelter with a Vietnamese immigrant. Exquisite photography captures both the delicate beauty of Mondo's perspective, and the prefab mass-consumer sterility of the modern society encroaching upon him. The reverie-like, elemental tale is accompanied by a terrific soundtrack - world beat, naturally. In French with English subtitles.

- Charles Cassady

Screenplay
Tony Gatlif (based on the short story by J.M.G. Le Clezio)

Director
Tony Gatlif

Producer
Michele Ray Gavras

Cinematography
Eric Guichard

Editing
Nicole Berckmans

Principal Cast
Ovidiu Balan, Pierrette Fesch, Philippe Petit, Jerry Smitth

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