Director: Philippe Lacôte
Countries: Ivory Coast
Year: 2014
Running Time: 102 min.
Languages: French with English subtitles


Run finds shelter with fellow dissident Assa (Isaach de Bankolé) after assassinating the Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast. While in hiding, Run’s story is revealed in three separate flashback chapters—his childhood with Tourou, when his dream was to become a rainmaker; his adventures with Gladys, the competitive eater; and his past as a young member of a militia, amid conflict in the Ivory Coast—which together speak volumes about contemporary life in the troubled country. Philippe Lacôte’s feature-film debut is a mesmerizing coming-of-age tale, alternately dreamlike and ultra-realistic.

About the Director

Philippe Lacôte

Biography: Born in 1971 in Abidjan, Philippe Lacôte grew up next to a movie theater. As he began to study linguistics, he became a radio enthusiast, before he turned to film and started making short films and documentaries. In 2010, he produced Lonesome Solo’s Burn it up Djassa. His first feature is Run, presented in Cannes section Un Certain Regard in 2014.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Run (2015).

Somnambule (1994);
Affaire Libinski (2001);
Cairo Hours (2002);
Le passeur (2007);
Chroniques de guerre en Côte d’Ivoire (2008);
To Repel Ghosts (2013);
African Metropolis (2013);
Run (2014).