The bold and mysterious film

The bold and mysterious film “Tommy Guns” by Angolan-Portuguese director Carlos Conceição explores the lingering effects of Angola’s colonial history through the use of genre film techniques. The movie takes place in 1974, during a time when Angolan revolutionaries were reclaiming their land from decades of Portuguese rule. The story follows a tribal girl who finds herself in a dangerous and romantic encounter with a Portuguese soldier, while another group of soldiers blindly follows the brutal orders of their commander in isolation. The film’s genre shifts from art house drama to war movie to zombie flick to escape thriller, creating an exhilarating cinematic puzzle that keeps the audience on their toes. “Tommy Guns” has won Best European Film and the Youth Jury Award at the Locarno Film Festival and has been compared to the work of Claire Denis, Miguel Gomes, and M. Night Shyamalan, making it a powerful and exciting new voice in Portuguese and Angolan cinema.

Following years of fighting for liberation, in 1974, the Portuguese and their descendants fled from Angola as pro-independence groups gradually regained control of the land. Against this backdrop, a tribal girl encounters love and danger when she meets a young Portuguese officer. Simultaneously, a group of Portuguese soldiers are trapped within an endless wall and will need to escape when their past actions come back to demand justice.

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Distributor :Kino Lorber
Release Date: Apr 12, 2023
Running Time: 1 hr 58 min
Genres :Drama War

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