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Black

Black“After a surprise encounter with an
  African mystic in Paris and an
  involvement with a robbery that goes
  horribly wrong, fate intervenes and
  a man who is determined to get some
  easy money finds himself living out an
  ancient prophecy in darkest Africa
...”

WHILE ON HIS WAY TO COMMIT AN ARMED ROBBERY on a security van, Black (French hip-hop artiste MC Jean Gab'1: the District 13 movies) is confronted by a mysterious African Shaman who tells him of a prophecy involving a fight between a lion and a panther against an evil snake. The African tells Black that he is the lion and that the scar on his face will save him.

The raid on the security van goes horribly wrong and ends with a tragic police shoot-out. Black narrowly escapes with his life and goes into hiding. But a telephone call from his cousin Lamine (Ibrahima Mbaye) lures him and three friends to the Senegalese capital of Dakar where the indiscreet manager of a poorly-guarded bank, Mr Kumassi (Michel Duperial), has let slip that three kilos of smuggled, uncut diamonds destined to finance a "great political project" are locked in his vault.

Looking for a way to get some easy money that would set them up for the rest of their lives, Black, Masta (François Bredon), Bozyeux (Louis-Karim Nebati) and Al Kayd (Youssef Hajdi) plan to relieve the bank of the diamonds. But things are not going according to plan as Kumassi has been replaced by the enigmatic Pamela Gaye (Carole Karemera: Sometimes In April) and the word is out about the diamonds.

Black is going to have to takcle alone the ruthless reptilian arms dealer Degrand (François Levantal: A Very Long Engagement; D'Artagnan's Daughter), his voodoo sorceress mistress Fatoumata (Mata Gabin) and crazed, mercenary Russian general Viktor (Anton Yakovlev: The Beat That My Heart Skipped).

He will find both surprising allies and a betrayal before he goes into battle against the evil of legendary Africa, and only one thing will save Black as he fights for his life against impossible odds.

Black is an intriguing, mystical, action-packed movie that delivers the goods. The film sees the eponymous protagonist and anti-hero travelling from Paris to West Africa and the Senegalese capital of Dakar to attempt to pull off the biggest score of his criminal career.

The spirit of Blaxploitation classics such as Super Fly, Shaft and Truck Turner is given a modern day makeover in the action-thriller Black, the directorial debut feature from Pierre Laffargue. In French with easy-to-read English subtitles, this movie has a supernatural thread running through with a sting in its tail. MC Jean Gab'1 is terrific in the title role with support from a creditable cast.

Black is an affectionate and worthy tribute to the Blaxploitation genre right down to its energetic soundtrack of funk, jazz and soul by artistes such as the film's star MC Jean Gab'1, Eumir Deodato, Fela Kuti, Brass Construction, Don Cherry and Roy Ayers.

Black also features: Thierno Ndiaye Doss as The Adjutant; Nicky Naude as Petersen and Zack Zublena as Guillaume. The film is written by Lucio Mad and Gabor Rassov from an original idea by Lucio Mad and Marco Cherqui; Produced by Marco Cherqui (the Cesar and BAFTA Award-winning A Prophet) and Directed by Pierre Laffargue, who was also responsible for the adaptation.

*Keeping the excitement going from Parisian cool to darkest Africa, Black is released on DVD and Blu-ray by Anchor bay Entertainment on 14 February 2011. Certificate: 15 | RRP: £15.99 (DVD); £19.99 (Blu-ray).

"Keeping the excitement going from Parisian cool to darkest Africa… Black is an intriguing, mystical, action-packed movie that delivers the goods" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar


"A slick, fun French heist flick" — Eye Weekly

"Popcorn movie with oodles of French cool" — Eye For Film