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Atlantics (Atlantique)

Mati Diop’s feature debut harnesses fantasy and social relevancy in a haunting tale of love. The film won the Grand Prix du Jury during the Cannes Film Festival.

Please note that this film is in Wolof, French, English and Arabic, with Dutch subtitles.
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Along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-inaugurated 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.
Like the works of Claire Denis, Diop’s film rejects a simple narrative framework, instead focusing on the poetic and thoughtful, with politics that simmer beneath the surface. And like her uncle, the iconic filmmaker Senegalese Djibril Diop Mambéty – whose work also explored migration – she refuses a reductive portrait of those dreaming of a better life.

Mati Diop, France, Senegal, Belgium, 2019, 106 min. Wolof, French, English & Arabic spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Mame Bineta Sane, Amadou Mbow, Traore, Nicole Sougou, Aminata Kane.
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