LE BOEUF SUR LE TOIT (THE BULL ON THE ROOF) is an experimental feature directed by Jyoti Mistry that deals with disparate stories and narratives in Johannesburg, Helsinki, Vienna, and New York. The cities form a constellation of the director's personal relationship with each of these places and are not a function of geo-political conditions.
The result is a kaleidoscopic snapshot of urban spaces - walking through cities, taking ferries, riding trains, having an escapist picnic - which manipulates the viewers' sense of place. The geographic disorientation is further heightened by voice-overs in multiple languages, but everything is held seamlessly together by the familiarity of day-to-day life. LE BOEUF SUR LE TOIT is a striking impressionistic essay about the small details of our lives that bind us all together.
Sexually explicit content.
d. Jyoti Mistry, South Africa, 2010, 85'
English, Swedish, Finnish and Sotho with English subtitles, Video, 85 min
LE BOEUF SUR LE TOIT features appearances by William Kentridge, David Goldblatt, Mandla Langa, Suketu Mehta, and Kjell Westö; writings by Kjell Westö, Amulya Maladi, Walter Famler, Lesley Emanuel, Walter Benjamin and Alvar Aalto; and voices by Akin Omotoso, Tsepo Mamatu, Vanessa Cooke, Robert Whitehead among others.
2010 | DIFF - Durban
* World Premiere.
* Filmmakers in attendance