Champs-Élysées Film Festival: Wallay

Champs-Élysées Film Festival: Wallay

A Chicago Première!

Saturday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m.
$9 for one film / $20 for series of three / In French with English subtitles
54 W. Chicago Avenue

Exclusive to the Alliance! Three Chicago premieres straight from the Champs-Élysées Film Festival in Paris, which bridges American and French independent cinema each year in June.

With Justine Lévêque, artistic & event director at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival, and Randy Williams, former Alliance Française President.


Wallay by Berni Goldblat (2017, 84 min.)

Ady, thirteen, no longer listens to his father who has raised him alone and decides to send him to live with his uncle Amadou and their family for the summer…in Burkina Faso, far from home. In a country where Ady has never set foot, young boys become men at age thirteen. But Ady, convinced that he is merely on vacation, understands things differently.

Berni Goldblat is a Swiss-Burkinabe film director. He has been directing, producing and distributing films since 1999, mainly documentaries in and on West Africa. He has co-founded Cinomade, an association aimed at creating and disseminating audiovisual awareness-raising tools, as well as Les films du Djabadjah, an independent film production company located in Burkina Faso. His feature documentary The Hillside Crowd has been selected in more than 50 international film festivals. Since 2007, he is a member of the Academy of Jurors at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). Since 2011 he also trains documentary film script-writers, and organizes and leds international documentary writing workshops in Bobo-Dioulasso for young African authors. Since 2012, Berni is the President of ASCBF (Association de Soutien du Cinema au Burkina Faso), which is saving Bobo-Dioulasso’s Ciné Guimbi. Wallay is his first feature fiction cinema film.

The film will be shown with English subtitles 

Join us Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 7 at 1:30 p.m. for two more Chicago premières from the Champs-Élysées Film Festival!

For this event we partnered with:

Champs Elysees Film Festival