06-24 November 2019




Mati Diop

France, Belgium, Senegal

2019 / 105’ / Hawaii Premiere

Along the Senegalese coast, a soon-to-be-completed futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with Souleiman, a young construction worker. But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleiman and his co-workers leave the country by sea, in hope of a better future. Several days later, a fire ruins Ada’s wedding and a mysterious fever starts to spread. Little does Ada know that Souleiman has returned.

Several films in the past few years have tackled the refugee crisis, like FIRE AT SEA (HIFF 2016) and JOURNEY FROM THE FALL (HIFF 2006), that chronicles the harrowing and life-threatening experiences of refugees crossing oceans on rickety boats. On the flip side,  Mati Diop’s impressive and mesmerizing directorial debut focuses on the people left behind. Much like her experimental short works that touch on similar themes, ATLANTICS takes the form of a dazzling Senegalese ghost story in which everyone’s haunted by the desire to escape.

Diop and her film made history at the Cannes Film Festival, where it had its world premiere. She was the first black female director to compete for the Palme d’Or (a first in the festival’s 72-year history), and it would eventually win the Grand Prix, essentially “second place,” which South Korean director Bong Joon-ho would win the grand prize for PARASITE (also screening at HIFF39). 

-Anderson Le

Friday 8 20:00 - 21:50Regal Dole Cannery 16
Sunday 10 11:00 - 12:50Regal Dole Cannery 16
DirectorMati Diop.
CastMama Sané, Amadou Mbow, Ibrahima Traoré, Nicole Sougou and Amina Kane.
ScreenplayMati Diop and Olivier Demangel.
CinematographerClaire Mathon.
EditorAël Dallier Vega.
MusicFatima Al Qadiri.
SoundBenoit De Clerck.

Rémi Burah ... co-producer
Michel Merkt ... associate producer
Olivier Père ... co-producer
Jean-Yves Roubin ... co-producer
Cassandre Warnauts ... co-producer

Costume Design by
Salimata Ndiaye
Rachel Raoult
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Prades ... first assistant director

Art Department
Laura Bücher ... assistant art director
Yves Capelle ... Concept Artist

Sound Department
Emmanuel de Boissieu ... re-recording mixer
Benoit De Clerck ... sound / supervising sound editor
Thomas Ferrando ... Foley Editor
Michov Gillet ... dialogue editor
Simon Jamart ... re-recording mixer assistant
Demba Thiam ... boom operator

Visual Effects by
Michel Denis ... visual effects producer
Eric Dupont ... digital compositor
Guillaume Grimberghs ... digital compositor
Stéphanie Pottier ... visual effects coordinator

Editorial Department
Arnaud Caréo ... technical director: Le Labo Paris
Gabriel Gonzalez ... assistant editor
Gilles Granier ... Colorist
Jean-Louis Guichaoua ... on-line editor
Matthieu Monteux ... dcp mastering
Ines Sanchez ... colorist: dailies

Music Department
Steve Bouyer ... music supervisor
James Kelly ... score mixer
Pascal Mayer ... music supervisor

Other crew
Christelle Meaux ... Miscellaneous Crew

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