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After spending years in Belgium, a young Congolese man returns to his birthplace of Kinshasa to confront the intricacies of his family and culture. (NR, 90 min.)
Original title: Augure


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This magical realist tale navigates the divide between reality and sorcery, creating a distinctive and often impressionistic portrait of domestic and communal life. Koffi, a young Congolese man, returns to his hometown in Kinshasa and is reunited with his family and culture. However, complexities abound as four individuals find their different worlds and perspectives clashing. The directorial debut from Belgian-Congolese rapper Baloji, Omen won the New Voice prize in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival. [BFI]

Starring: Marc Zinga, Yves-Marina Gnahoua, Marcel Otete Kabeya
Director: Baloji
Languages: French, Swahili, Lingala, English
Genre: Drama, Fantasy

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"Kinetic and full of promise."

— Lovia Gyarkye, Hollywood Reporter

"Omen is a psychedelic, vivid delight."

— Shubhra Gupta, The Indian Express

"For a debut feature, Omen is a remarkable accomplishment and a thrilling glimpse into the work of a truly visionary filmmaker who no doubt has many more films to come."

— Alexandra Heller-Nicholas,

"'Omen' announces its writer-director as an artist of significant formal imagination and daring, unafraid to put standard narrative legibility at risk in favor of intuitive sensory suggestion."

— Guy Lodge, Variety

"The director’s gift for unpacking the way notions of witchcraft can function as fig leaves for trauma, combined with his obvious eye for costumes, lighting, and framing, make for a visually striking, deeply compassionate, and memorable debut."

— Arjun Sajip, indieWire