Saloum

Jean Luc Herbulot

P&I Selection 2022

  • 82'
  • Senegal
  • 2021

The Bangui Hyenas are a legendary three-man mercenary army. Following the violent freeing of a drug dealer in Guinea-Bissau, they discover that their plane has been sabotaged, and are forced to make an emergency landing in the remote Sine-Saloum region of Senegal. Searching for fuel and tools, they come across a holiday camp. There, they meet a deaf-mute woman and a police officer who recognise them. They are threatened with arrest, but this is nothing compared to the dark forces unleashed when the troubled past of Bangui Hyena leader Chaka is revealed.

Saloum is a supernatural thriller, superhero film, Southern, and buddy movie, all in one. Debut director Jean Luc Herbulot has clearly been inspired by Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, Kurosawa Akira’s samurai films, and the stylised genre films of Kim Jee-Woon, but adds some unmistakeable African mythology to the mix. Atmospheric footage of the Senegalese coast adds to the local colour of this universal story of friendship, betrayal, abuse of power, and above all revenge.

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Director
Jean Luc Herbulot
Country of production
Senegal
Year
2021
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
82'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Wolof, French
Producer
Paméla Diop
Production Company
Lacmé Studios
Sales
Elle Driver
Screenplay
Jean Luc Herbulot
Cinematography
Gregory Corandi
Editor
Sébastien Prangère, Alasdair McCulloch, Nicolas Desmaisons
Production Design
Minsy Carrere
Sound Design
Ousmane Coly
Music
Reksider
Cast
Yann Gael, Evelyne Ily Juhen, Roger Sallah, Mentor Ba, Bruno Henry, Renaud Farah, Ndiaga Mbow