(France, 2009, 111 min)
Public Award Winner at the Montreal World Film Festival, Korkoro is a tremendously clever approach to WWII through the eyes of a band of gypsy’s traveling through France. Written by Tony Gatlif and Lucy Allwood, Korkoro was also directed by Gatlif. Father and head of a band of Gypsies, Felix Lavil dit Taloche (James Thiérrée) discovers young Claude (Mathias Laliberté) hiding in a pile of leaves. Claude has no home or family, and he is quickly adopted by the gypsies. Stopping at a small French town, the gypsies find out that a new law bans anyone from crossing the country. Outraged by the preposterous notion of limiting one’s journeys, Theodore Roiser (Marc Lavoine), the town mayor, attempts to hide the golden-clad nomads.. Koroko is a thrilling portrait of life, love, and freedom during WWII.