Utopia has dropped the official Omen trailer for its forthcoming Belgian supernatural thriller, which takes place in Congo. The video features a Congolese man, whose visit back home with his European fiancée goes completely off the rails after he continues to get accused of being an evil sorcerer.
The film had its world premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, where it took home the New Voice Prize award. It has also been selected by Belgium as its official Oscars entry for Best International Feature Film. The film will have its theatrical release sometime in 2024.
Check out the Omen trailer below (watch more trailers):
What is Omen?
“After spending years in Belgium, Koffi, a young Congolese man, returns to his birthplace of Kinshasa to confront his family and homeland culture,” reads the synopsis. “Secrecy and sorcery erupt when a nosebleed is mistaken for a curse, and Koffi is shunned from his family. Using magical realism to paint a portrait of “undesirables” and “sorcerers,” OMEN delves into the intricacies of identity, culture, and belief systems through a deeply rich and visually captivating lens.”
Omen serves as the feature directorial debut of award-winning musician Baloji. The film is co-written by Baloji and Thomas van Zuylen. The film stars Marc Zinga, Lucie Debay, Eliane Umuhire, Yves-Marina Gnahoua, Marcel Otete Kabeya.
It is produced by Benoit Roiland, Sander Verdonck, and Emmanuel Lupia. The creative team includes cinematographer Joachim Philippe and composer Liesa Van Der AA along with editors Bruno Tracq and Bertrand Conard.