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Aya of Yop City

Aya de Yopougon

2013, Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie, France, 88 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Dec 27th 4:15pm
  • Fri, Dec 27th 8:15pm
  • Sat, Dec 28th 3:15pm
  • Sun, Dec 29th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Dec 30th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 2nd 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

“Vividly drawn…charmingly old-school…there’s much to feast one’s eyes and ears on here.”—Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

“Rich in word games, funny, always sharp and lively, makes you smile and reflect.”—Alice Casalini, Cinemafrica

The production team behind THE RABBI’S CAT brings this coming-of-age graphic novel to the screen with all its wry, culturally acute West African humor intact. Never before released in the U.S., AYA OF YOP CITY weaves colorful tales of romantic misadventure around Aya, Bintou, and Ajoua, three lively best friends on the cusp of young adulthood in a working-class Ivory Coast suburb. Even as they party the nights away, level-headed Aya dreams of becoming a doctor, while her BFFs flaunt their assets and lay snares for men with money. A convenient lie scores Ajoua a shotgun marriage to the shiftless son of a brewery magnate, and Bintou gets stars in her eyes when a visitor from Paris flashes his cash. Three dramas connect deliciously by way of the neighborhood grapevine, and comeuppance is just around the corner. Note: Includes adult situations and sexual references. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

Note: This trailer, the best we could find, is unsubtitled. The version of the film shown at our screening(s) will be subtitled in English.

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