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Rungano Nyoni on Buried Secrets, Trauma and the Problem With ‘Terrible Men’ in A24’s Cannes Premiere ‘On Becoming a Guinea Fowl’

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Christopher Vourlias In a different world, had she not been readying her long-awaited sophomore feature, “On Becoming a Guinea Fowl,” for its Cannes premiere, Rungano Nyoni might have spent the past few weeks preparing her family for its upcoming move to Zambia, the southern African nation where the director was born and spent part of her childhood.

Instead, it was a mad dash to get the film across the finish line. “It’s been long hours, non-stop for weeks,” Nyoni says on the eve of the French fest’s opening night.

The frenzy isn’t likely to let up anytime soon: The director and her family plan to move house and fly to Zambia not long after the whirlwind of her Cannes premiere.

Even those rare moments of calm on the Croisette between photo calls and press junkets aren’t likely to offer much relief. “I brought my toddler for good measure, just to make it even more interesting,” Nyoni says.

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