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MURDER IN PACOT

by Raoul Peck

synopsis

Barely a couple of days after the earthquake destroys most of their villa, a man and his wife are visited by a team of foreign surveyors and given an ultimatum: fix it entirely in a few weeks, or it will be razed to the ground. The newly penniless couple rent the habitable part of the villa to Alex — a relief worker who benefits from the high remuneration granted to foreign humanitarian personnel in Haiti — in order to put his rent payments towards repairs. To their surprise, their new tenant also comes with a Haitian girlfriend, Andrémise (Lovely Kermonde Fifi), a sassy and enterprising young woman who has renamed herself Jennifer to attract foreign suitors in Port-au-Prince. As the ground rumbles with aftershocks, the once-privileged couple, now destitute and helpless, comes for the first time face-to-face with the stark contradictions of Haitian society.

international title: Murder in Pacot
original title: Meurtre à Pacot
country: Haiti, France, Norway
sales agent: Doc & Film International
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Raoul Peck
film run: 130'
release date: FR 25/06/2015, DE 25/06/2015
screenplay: Raoul Peck, Lyonel Trouillot, Pascal Bonitzer
cast: Alex Descas, Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin, Thibault Vinçon, Lovely Kermonde Fifi
cinematography by: Eric Guichard
film editing: Alexandra Strauss
art director: Benoît Barouh
music: Alexei Aigui
producer: Rémi Grellety, Raoul Peck
production: Velvet Film, Ape&Bjørn AS, Figuier Production (HT)
distributor: EZEF
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