Our father the devil ( My father the devil ) (formerly titled He who is not to be named ), headed by Alumna Ellie Foumbi '17, has been selected as one of the four projects going through the final phase of the College Cinema Initiative of the Biennale di Venezia.
Foumbi's film follows an anti-social African refugee whose peaceful existence in a sleepy mountain village in southern France is ruined when she suspects that the new pastor is none other than the warlord who slaughtered her family.
Regarding their selection, Foumbi said: Of course I am very happy to receive this funding from Venice. It was a complete surprise to be honest. I had tried another much bigger movie called. on the way Zenit and decided to take a break and write something smaller. The new English title ( Our father the devil ) differs from what was first reported in the Venice press release. I actually co-developed the first iteration of this story in a feature revision class Jessie key at the beginning of my PhD year in 2015. Although this new version is a page-one rewrite, it covers the same themes and characters, but in a completely different way. I revised the story before sending it to Venice. It's a psychological thriller set in a small mountain town in southern France that takes up some of the themes that appear in almost all of my other scripts, namely otherness and some kind of immigration.
Now in the 8th edition, the Biennale College-Kino Initiative taken by the Venice Biennale Venice , has set itself the goal of nurturing new talent in the film field and helping aspiring directors with the production of feature films on a micro budget. According to the Biennale College Cinema website, the four projects will participate in two workshops that will result in the four micro-budget films, each funded with a grant of 150,000 euros, actually being presented at the 77th Venice International Film Festival 2020. In recent years, the Biennale College Cinema initiative has helped to shoot 22 feature films from 1,640 applications from all over the world.
Ellie Foumbi is a Cameroon born actress, writer, director and producer. She holds an MFA in directing from Columbia University's School of the Arts. She is a 44th Student Academy Awards semi-finalist and a nominee for the African Movie Academy Awards for Best Short Film. Her films have been selected for several international film festivals including the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Ashland, the Nantucket Film Festival, the NY African Film Festival and the Champs-Élysées Film Festival. She received the Jesse Thompkins III Award in Screenwriting and the IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship. She is also a Film Independent Screenwriting Lab Fellow, where she wrote her feature film, Zenit who was an Austin screenwriting contest semifinalist. She is a participant in the Talent Lab of the Reykjavik International Film Festival. She made her television directorial debut in BET's hip-hop anthology Tales and is a member of the Directors Guild of America.