What's on at Picturehouse At Fact - Film With Pride
Félix Maritaud pulls out the stops as a gay sex worker diving for a deeper connection in Camille Vidal-Naquet’s fulsomely passionate and explicit feature debut.
Leo (Maritaud) is a 22-year-old rent boy who yearns for affection. In poor health and with no fixed address, he finds fleeting solace in the arms of the men he meets through his work. The solitude of Leo’s life is eased when he falls for fellow hustler Ahd (Eric Bernard). But when his romantic feelings are violently rebuffed, Leo begins to spiral, questioning if he will ever find the love he so desperately craves.
Premiering at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Camille Vidal-Naquet’s arresting debut is also one of quiet introspection and disarming fragility. Félix Maritaud brings an unexpected compassion to the screen with a raw and vulnerable central performance that is nothing short of devastating. Contains strong sexual imagery and sexual violence.
Set against the backdrop of the bustling streets of Nairobi, the two very different girls must choose between love and safety surrounded by insular gossip, local politics and burgeoning maturity. Their magnetic pull draws us into a queer Romeo and Juliet romance, as they try to hide their relationship from their politically opposing fathers.
Directed by Wanuri Kahiu, part of a strong cohort of Kenyan female filmmakers, Rafiki was the first Kenyan film to be included in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes earlier this year, and was then controversially banned from being shown in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board.