Disco Boy - the post-colonial dreamscape
Disco Boy is a film that deals with a wide number of topics in a short span. A conradian dream about post-colonial identities, it is one of the biggest revelations of this year's Berlinale.légion étrangère to obtain citizenship. Disco Boy is definitely not to be described as a simple drama about migrations. Its story reminds of the clash between Europe and colonial Africa featured in Joseph Conrad's novels, such as Heart of Darkness, yet the style, the surreal sense of cohesion and meaning conveyed in the most unlikely manners, makes Disco Boy rather feel like Conrad on acid. Between shifting storylines that eventually intertwine, shifting tones, from the most average european realist cinema to the most stylish neon-craze that reminds of Nicholas Winding Refn's films.
Disco is the perfect blend between a dense artistic form and an equally deep meditation on society, and one of the most unique debuts in terms of its intentions.