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Man No Run

Filmmaker : Claire Denis France, 1989 PRODUCTION : Casa Films

About this film


Revolutionising bitsuki, traditional Cameroonian music, the band Les Têtes Brûlées begins a tour through France in 1988. At the arrival on the tarmac, Claire Denis is waiting with some filmstrips and her camera. This is the starting point for a boisterous trip alongside these highly charged musicians.

Tënk's opinion

Electrifying bitsuki - traditional Cameroonian music - the group Les Têtes Brûlées began touring outside their country for the first time in 1988. The group set off to France, where Claire Denis was waiting for them on the tarmac with a few pieces of film and a Nagra recorder. The film-maker's crafts combined with the group's punk spirit, gave rise to a free film that wanders around the musicians' journey. The spontaneity of the direction is perceptible in the game that takes place between the director and her subjects. From parties to encounters, concerts to the backstage, discoveries of unknown territory and homesickness, everything is evoked. While letting herself be guided by Les Têtes Brûlées, Claire Denis also takes the time to show the heart of their music. The multiple concert scenes that run through the film reveal the astonishing effect that the irruption of their sounds had on the audience. Having become a mythical band on which everything and its opposite has been said, "Man No Run" turns these men into simple immortals.

Tom Bidou
Visions du Réel


Claire Denis

Claire Denis is a French filmmaker and screenwriter born in 1948. At a very young age, she left France to live in Somalia and Burkina Faso where her father worked. Back in Paris, she studied at the IDHEC, where she graduated in 1972 and started working in cinema as an assistant to the great directors: Rivette, Jarmusch, Wenders. It was in the desert landscapes of the shooting of "Paris, Texas" that she found the inspiration for her first semi-autobiographical feature film "Chocolat" (1988). With "S'en fout la mort" (1990), immersed in the world of cockfighting in the Parisian suburbs, and "J'ai pas sommeil" (1994), the filmmaker built a very personal, harsh and nocturnal universe. Representing women's cinema, Claire Denis has established herself in the French landscape as one of the most important authors, notably with films such as "Beau Travail" in 1999 and two years later "Trouble Every Day". In 2010, Claire Denis was president of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival. That year, she also directed "White Material" with Isabelle Huppert. Three years later, she was once again invited to Cannes, but this time as a competitor for "Les Salauds". In 2017, she signs "Un beau soleil intérieur" shot with Juliette Binoche.