The first black female director ever selected for the main competition in Cannes, French-Senegalese director Mati Diop delivers a beautiful re-reading of Homer’s Odyssey. Two lovers are separated by the ocean and fate: Souleiman leaves his beloved Ada in Dakar, not to go to war but to search for fortune in Europe. Ada waits for him, tormented by her longing for Souleiman and an annoying suitor.

These young people in Senegal's capital are desperately tied to their materialistic dreams. Diop captures their feverish needs in the rhythm of different genres: social chronicle, urban exploration, police investigation and ghost story. Above all, Atlantique's dark romanticism not only raises the dead but also addresses burning social issues, while aptly mapping male and female bodies against the beaches and colossal construction sites of Dakar as shapes poetically stretching to the skies and seas. As part of Critics’ Choice, the screening on Fri 24 Jan, 16:15 will be preceded by a video essay from Patricia Pisters.

Screenings

  • Thu 23 Jan LantarenVenster 6
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  • Fri 24 Jan Schouwburg Grote Zaal
    Dutch subtitles + With Q&A
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  • Sun 26 Jan Cinerama 1
    Dutch subtitles
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  • Thu 30 Jan Pathé 4
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  • Fri 31 Jan Oude Luxor
    Dutch subtitles
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International title
Atlantics: A Ghost Love Story
Filmmaker
Mati Diop
Country
France, Senegal, Belgium
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
104’
Language
Wolof, French, English
Producer
Judith Lou Lévy, Ève Robin
Production Company
Les Films du Bal
Sales
mk2 Films
Writer
Mati Diop, Olivier Demangel
Cinematography
Claire Mathon
Editor
Ael Dallier Vega
Production Design
Toma Baqueni, Oumar Sall
Sound Design
Benoit De Clerck
Music
Fatima Al Qadiri
Cast
Mama Sané, Amadou Mbow, Ibrahima Traoré, Nicole Sougou, Amina Kane, Mariama Gassama, Coumba Dieng