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Title:

O GRANDE KILAPY (THE GREAT KILAPY)

Title English:THE GREAT KILAPY
Title French:LE GRAND KILAPY
Country:Angola 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Colour:Colour
Language:OF m. engl. UT
Length:101 Minutes
Film series:13. African Film Festival


Director :Gamboa, Zézé
Screenplay:Alvarães, Luís
 Patraquim, Luis Carlos
Cinematography:Masini, Mario
Editing:Latil, Pascal
Music:Linx, David
 Wissels, Diederik
Sound:Leitão, Hugo
  
Cast:Guedes, Hermila
 Hossi, Pedro
 Lagarto, João
 Ramos, Lázaro
Producer:Vendrell, Fernando
Production company: DAVID & GOLIAS
  Raíz Produções Cinematográficas
 Gamboa & Gamboa



Storyline



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Lisbon, mid-1960s, during the Salazar dictatorship in Portugal. Joãozinho, the only son of a respectable bank employee from Luanda, is enjoying his student life in Lisbon to the fullest. João is getting good marks in his engineering studies, plays basketball in Portugal’s top league, and is a lady-killer in tailored suits. At the same time, though, Joãozinho is in contact with Angolan freedom fighters active in the underground, and escapes prosecution only because of his relationship with Carmo, a minister’s daughter. When this liaison ends, João is thrown out of the country. Back in Angola, despite his moderate salary as a civil servant, he attempts to live his high-flying life again. But this is not so easy, as the film’s title implies – “kilapy” in the Angolan language Kimbundu means “fraud”.
The funnily ironic film about an unusual facet of the Angolan struggle for freedom is based on a true story: Joãozinho, the “richest lady-killer in the world” is remembered to this day in Luanda.

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