| 2016 – 110′ – Drama, History, Biopic.|
Written by: Cyril Gely, Olivier Gorce, Gérard Noiriel, Roschdy Zem
Directed by: Roschdy Ze.
Starring: Omar Sy, James Thiérrée, Thibault de Montalembert, Clotilde Hesme, Olivier Gourmet, Frédéric Pierrot, Noémie Lvovsky, Alice de Lencquesaing, Olivier Rabourdin.
Official Selection Venice International Film Festival 2016.
Official Competition COLCOA 2016 (North American Premiere, Opening FIlm)
In French with English subtitles.
Gaumont release. |

The 20th Anniversary of COLCOA celebrated its opening night with this lively, lavish biopic set in the Belle Époque worlds of circus and music halls. Omar Sy effortlessly juggles comedy and compassion as Raphael Padilla, a.k.a. Chocolat, the first black star of the French stage. Born a slave in Cuba, Padilla makes his way to a rag-tag circus in Europe, where he plays a tooth-baring cannibal named Kalanka for provincial rubes who’ve never seen a black man before. Impressed with Padilla’s agility, George Footit partners up with him and they develop a clown act that catapults them to fame and fortune – more or less, since Footit, the white man in the partnership, takes most of the fortune. Success is bittersweet for Chocolat, who stays positive despite the fact that his act consists of mocking his own race to the delight of French audiences. But when he tries to step outside the character society wants him to play, those delighted audiences vanish in droves. All Out revives the legend of a trailblazing artist whom history has all but forgotten.

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