Available for rent
78'
French, 2001


Programmed by Pascal Catheland

French
French

Science



Synopsis


Au Cameroun, un homme arpente la jungle et les berges boueuses des rivières depuis plusieurs années à la recherche d’un animal inconnu de la zoologie : le Mokélé-Mbembé. Les pygmées décrivent cet animal comme une sorte de rhinocéros à queue de crocodile et à tête de serpent. Certains affirment l’avoir déjà rencontré près de la rivière. L'explorateur nous entraîne dans une quête acharnée pour trouver des traces de l’animal dans un univers où le vraisemblable se mêle au légendaire, nous ramenant aux sources de la croyance et de la fiction.

Tënk's opinion


How gratifying it is to just let go, set reason aside for a while and give in to the otherworldly. You end up hell-bent on believing that Mokélé Mbembé really does exist, and feel that some mythical creature might suddenly emerge at any moment from the steaming surface of the river. This film is dressed as a documentary, and underneath it appeals to our craving to see, to our scopic drive that draws us to Michel, the cryptozoologist on his insane quest. If you look beyond plausibility it’s hard not to want this hypothetical work of fiction to be reality.

P.C.


Authors


Marie Voignier

Marie Voignier

Marie Voignier is a filmmaker born in 1974 in Ris-Orangis, France. After obtaining a scientific degree and spending a few years in Berlin, she studied at the School of Fine Arts in Lyon where she made her first videos, graduating in 2004. Since 2011, she has been teaching and coordinating its Images-Movement Department. Her work includes “Le Bruit du Canon” (Short Film Award, Cinéma du Réel 2007), “Interland” (2009), and “Tourisme International” (2014). “L'Hypothèse du Mokélé-Mbembé” was released in cinemas in 2012 after being screened at numerous festivals such as FID Marseille, Rotterdam and Belfort Entrevues. In 2020, she completed “NA China”, which premièred in Switzerland at the Vision du Réel.