Rue Princesse

Director: Henri Duparc
Country: Ivory Coast / France
Year: 1993
Running Time: 87 min.
Language: French

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This tender comedy recounts a young man’s encounter with the “skin trade,” the world of contemporary African prostitution.

Jean, son of a wealthy landowner in Abidjan has a passion for music. He leaves his work at the family sawmill after an argument with his father. Jean runs away and finds Rue Princesse, where he meets Josie, one of the beautiful and resourceful prostitutes in this red light district.

About the Director

Henri Duparc

henri_duparcBiography: Henri Duparc was born in 1941 in Forecariah, Guinea. He studied cinema in Belgrade and at the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques (IDHEC) in Paris before settling in the Ivory Coast. While working for the Société Ivoirienne de Cinéma (SIC), Duparc made seven documentaries and his first fictional film, Mouna ou le Rêve d’un artiste (1969). His film Abusuan won a special mention in the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou in 1973. His rich filmography also includes Les Racines de la vie (1973), Wild Grass (L’Herbe sauvage – 1977), Dancing in the Dust (Bal poussière – 1989), Rue Princesse (1994), among many others. Henri Duparc passed away in 2006.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Dancing in the Dust [Bal poussière] (1993);
Rue Princesse (1994).

Filmography:
Obs… (1966);
Profil ivoirien (1968);
Achetez ivoirien (1968);
Tam-tam ivoire (1969);
La Récolte du coton (1969);
Mouna ou le Rêve d’un artiste (1969);
J’ai dix ans (1970);
Assinie (1970);
Carnet de voyage (1971);
The Family [Abusan] (1972);
Les Racines de la vie (1973);
Une pirogue pour la lagune (1974);
Agora (1974);
Les Teinturiers de Bassam (1975-76);
Les Potiers de Katiola (1975-76);
Les Tresses (1975-76);
Les Enseignes publicitaires (1975-76);
Un mordu de la marine (1975-76);
Bassam, ville coloniale (1975-76);
Wild Grass [L’Herbe sauvage] (1977);
Connaître ses droits (1982);
Les Vendeurs en pharmacie (1984);
La Société ivoirienne de raffinage (1984);
L’Auto-médication (1985);
Aya (1986);
I’ve Chosen Life [J’ai choisi de vivre] (1987);
Dancing in the Dust [Bal poussière] (1989);
Le Sixième Doigt (1990);
Le Riz en Guinée (1991);
La Culture du palmier en Haute Guinée (1991);
Joli Cœur (1992);
Rue Princesse (1994);
Un marché d’intérêt national (1995);
Une couleur café (1997);
Les Voyeurs professionnels (1999);
Droits et Devoirs (1999);
Je m’appelle Fargass (2000);
Les Aventures de Moussa le taximan (2000);
La rue n’a pas fait d’enfants (2001);
Des banques pour l’informel (2001);
Laurent Gbagbo: la Force d’un destin (2002);
Les Nouvelles Aventures de Moussa le taximan (2003);
Caramel (2004).