The Bloodettes / Les Saignantes

Director: Jean-Pierre Bekolo
Country: Cameroon
Year: 2005
Running Time: 92 min.
Language: French

After an eight-year absence, maverick director Jean-Pierre Bekolo returns with his magnum opus, Les Saignantes. This superbly photographed, stylishly edited, and tastefully scored film is about two young femme fatales who set out to rid a futuristic country of its corrupt and sex-obsessed powerful men. In this sci-fi-action-horror hybrid, Majolie and Chouchou, navigate a sordid world where sex, money, politics and death perniciously overlap. Young, attractive, fashionable and lethal, they are on a mission to change the destiny of their country. Reveling in its display of excess, committed to aesthetics of cool, Les Saignantes is one of the first science fiction films to come out of Africa.

About the Director

Jean-Pierre Bekolo

bekoloBiography: Jean-Pierre Bekolo was born in Yaounde, Cameroon in 1966 and is now known to subvert the conventions and didacticism of African film and literature with an aesthetic that “tosses it all merrily together”. He has taught film at Virginia Tech, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and at Duke University. In the late 80’s Bekolo trained as a television film editor in France at INA. He returned home shortly thereafter and worked for Cameroonian television, where he was responsible for editing short films. During this time, he was also involved in the production of films, such as Boyo, Un Pauvre Blanc, and Mohawk People, as well as video clips for Les Têtes Brûlées and Manu Dibango. His first feature film was the award-winning Quartier Mozart (1992), which won prizes at film festivals in Cannes, Locarno, and Montreal and was nominated, in 1993, for a British Film Institute award. The film mixes sorcery and urban realities in a satire of male and female roles. Aristotle’s Plot was the African entry in the British Film Institute’s series of films commemorating the centenary of cinema. Part meditation on the trials of African filmmaking, part action movie, and parody of Aristotelian and African preoccupations, it shows his skill as an “increasingly fearless trickster”. Other feature-length films include Have you seen Franklin Roosevelt? (1994) and Les Saignantes (2005).

– AFF, Inc.
Through African Eyes – Dialogues with the Directors, BONETTI Mahen and REDDY Prerana (Editors), 2003, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.80.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Quartier Mozart (1993, 2006);
Aristotle’s Plot (2006);
La Grammaire de ma grand-mère [Grandma’s Grammar] (2006);
Les Saignantes [The Bloodettes] (2006, 2007).

Quartier Mozart (1992);
Have you Seen Franklin Roosevelt? (1994);
Aristotle’s Plot (1996);
La Grammaire de ma grand-mère [Grandma’s Grammar] (1996);
Les Saignantes [The Bloodettes] (2005);
Imagine Afrika (2007);
Les Pieds nickelés à l’Elysée (2010);
Et si l’Afrique lui ressemblait ? (2010);
Les Origines de la Françafrique (2010).