Archive of films Beasts of No Nation / Beasts of No Nation

2015, 133 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2016

War rages in an unnamed West African country. After a series of tragic events, a terrified boy named Agu is seized by a guerrilla group and submitted to harsh training in order to become a child soldier. Is there any way he can ever return to being just a normal kid?


War rages in an unnamed West African country. As news spreads of the government’s fall, groups of rebels take over the chaos-ridden country, showing no sign of mercy for the frightened but undaunted inhabitants. Eight-year-old Agu falls into the hands of one of the guerrilla units. Under the leadership of the authoritarian commander, he is subjected to a series of initiation rituals intended to turn him into a fearless child warrior. Will the gruelling marches and bloody rampages ever come to an end? Is there any chance that Agu will return to the life of a normal boy? Based on the novel of the same name by Nigerian doctor and sociologist Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation offers an uncompromising look at the loss of humanity, whose rediscovery under such extreme conditions is nearly impossible. The film’s power is further amplified by its confident and pure style and the dynamic storytelling, which convincingly portrays a child’s experience. Beasts of No Nation is another conformation of Fukunaga’s meticulous directorial approach.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Cary Joji Fukunaga (b. 1977, Oakland, California) studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work as a screenwriter, director, and cinematographer has taken him all over the globe – beyond the Arctic circle, to Haiti and to West Africa. In 2005, the Sundance festival screened his short directorial debut Victoria para Chino, for which he also wrote the screenplay. The film won more than 20 international awards, including a student Oscar and special mention from BAFTA Los Angeles. Both his feature-film debut Sin nombre (2008 – awards for directing and cinematography at Sundance) and his subsequent adaptation of the classic novel Jane Eyre (2011) were shown at Karlovy Vary. Visitors to KVIFF 49 could also see Fukunaga’s series “True Detective” (2014).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Screenplay: Cary Joji Fukunaga podle stejnojmenného románu / based on the novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala
Dir. of Photography: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Music: Dan Romer
Editor: Mikkel E. G. Nielsen, Pete Beaudreau
Art Director: Inbal Weinberg
Producer: Daniel Crown, Amy Kaufman, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Idris Elba
Production: Red Crown Productions
Coproduction: Primary Productions, Parliament of Owls, Participant Media, Mammoth Entertainment
Cast: Idris Elba, Abraham Attah
Sales: Netflix

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