Screening as part of the Short Film programs at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival (September 26 – October 12) is "The Return" ("Le Retour"), an acclaimed 20-minute film from French director Yohann Kouam (photo at left), with a synopsis that reads: When the older brother he idolizes comes back home, Willy realizes that he doesn’t know him as well as he thought.
The short description is just as terse as the 30-second trailer that is embedded below.
It stars Adama Procida, Yann-gaël Elleouet, Ernest Pokossy, Ismaël Alexandrine, Régis Anguiar, Sileymane Dramé, Augustin Ruhabara, and Christopher Monpango.
The film is part of 2 Short Film programs, with 13 films represented by 14 countries, programmed by Florence Almozini (Senior Programmer, Film Society Lincoln Center – FSLC), Isa Cucinotta (Programmer, FSLC), and Laura Kern (Managing Editor, Film Comment).
The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.
Tickets for the upcoming New York Film Festival range in price from $15 & $25 for most screenings to $50 & $100 for Gala evenings. Film Society members receive a discount on tickets as well as the benefit of a pre-sale opportunity.
"The Return" is Yohann Kouam’s 3rd short film, and my introduction to his work, branding him a filmmaker to watch.
Watch the trailer below. It’s followed by a clip from the film, although it’s in French and not English-subtitled: