|Directed by||Djibril Diop Mambéty|
|Produced by||Silvia Voser|
|Written by||Djibril Diop Mambéty|
|Music by||Issa Cissokho
Dieye Ma Dieye
|Edited by||Stéphan Oriach|
|Distributed by||California Newsreel Productions|
|August 1994 (Locarno Film Festival)
Le Franc is about Marigo, a penniless musician living in a shanty town, relentlessly harassed by his formidable landlady.
This film uses the French government's 50% devaluation of the West African CFA franc in 1994, and the resulting hardships as the basis for a whimsical commentary on using the lottery for survival.
Le Franc was originally intended as the first film of a trilogy under the title, Tales of Ordinary People. However, Mambety’s untimely death in 1998 prevented the completion of the third film.
Marigo the musician dreams with his instrument – a congoma – confiscated by his landlady because he never pays the rent. He gets hold of a lottery ticket and decides to put it in a safe place while he waits for the draw: he glues it to the back of his door. The night of the draw, fortune blinds Marigo, he is the proud owner of the winning ticket. He already sees himself as a millionaire, with a thousand congomas, an orchestra and a private plane… He even has visions of the charismatic Aminata Fall, symbol of capitalism in Africa. But there is small problem; the ticket is glued to the door…
- Demba Bâ as "Dwarf"
- Dieye Ma Dieye as "Marigo"
- Aminata Fall as "Landlady"
- "California Newsreel - TALES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE". California Newsreel. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
- African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT (license CC BY-SA)
- "Le Franc-1995 - NYTimes.com". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
- "LE FRANC and LA PETITE VENDEUSE DE SOLEIL - Notes for Viewing the Film". California Newsreel. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
- "Three Tales From Senegal (Le Franc, Picc Mi, Fary L'anesse)". Retrieved 2011-01-29.