France, Belgium, Senegal
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).
|Friday 8||20:00 - 21:50||Regal Dole Cannery 16|
|Sunday 10||11:00 - 12:50||Regal Dole Cannery 16|
|Cast||Mama Sané, Amadou Mbow, Ibrahima Traoré, Nicole Sougou and Amina Kane.|
|Screenplay||Mati Diop and Olivier Demangel.|
|Editor||Aël Dallier Vega.|
|Music||Fatima Al Qadiri.|
|Sound||Benoit De Clerck.|
Rémi Burah ... co-producer
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