Competition - Fiction

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind

by Chiwetel Ejiofor

Young William lives in a village in Malawi with his mother (Aïssa Maïga) and father (Chiwetel Ejiofor). When a terrible drought befalls the region, the threat of famine pushes him to seek out a solution: what if he built a water pump with a small bicycle generator? With this first feature film inspired by the incredible fate of a young self-taught Malawian, actor-director Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) presents a remarkable story of perseverance and ingenuity, selected at the last Sundance Festival.
  • Section: Competition - Fiction
  • Original language: English & Chichewa
  • Subtitles: French & English

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Director(s):

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Writer(s):

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Casting:

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Aïssa Maïga

Maxwell Simba

Lily Banda

Noma Dumezweni

Joseph Marcell

Lemogang Tsipa

Production:

Potboiler Productions

Cornerstone Films

BBC Films

Participant Media

BFI

Head Gear

Metrol Technology

EcoNet

LipSync

Rights holder:

Netflix

Cinematographer:

Dick Pope

Antonio Pinto

Duration:

113'

Year:

2018

Production country:

United Kingdom

Dates

Tuesday 12 March

18h00

Centre d'hébergement collectif des Tattes - Hospice général (Vernier)

completed

Tuesday 12 March

20h45

Grütli - Salle Simon

In the presence of the actress Aïssa Maïga

Wednesday 13 March

16h00

Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle

Followed by a discussion (videoconference) with William Kamkwamba

Sunday 17 March

16h00

Grütli - Salle Langlois