France, Senegal, Belgium


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.

Director's Biography

Trained in Le Fresnoy (National Studio of Contemporary Arts – a leading and very selective French artistic institution), Mati Diop directed four shorts and a medium-length film which received the "Martin E. Segal - Emerging Artist Award" of the Lincoln Center (USA) in 2016.

A THOUSAND SUNS (2013), BIG IN VIETNAM (2011), SNOW CANON (2010) and ATLANTIQUES (2009) were selected and awarded in a wide number of international festivals such as the Venice Film Festival, Toronto IFF, IFF Rotterdam, the Viennale, IndieLisboa and FID Marseille. They were also programmed in the MoMA and in the Moving Image Museum (USA).

As an actress, Mati Diop played in HERMIA Y HELENA by director Matias Piñeiro (2015), FORT BUCHANAN by Benjamin Crotty (2014), SIMON KILLER by Antonio Campos (2012) and 35 SHOTS OF RHUM by Claire Denis (2008).

2013 - A THOUSAND SUNS, short
2012 - BIG IN VIETNAM, short
2011 - SNOW CANON, short
2009 - ATLANTIQUES, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Mati Diop

Written by: Mati Diop, Olivier Demangel

Produced by: Judith Levy

Cinematography: Claire Mathon

Editing: Ael Dallier Vega

Production Design: Pascal Metge, Oumar Sall

Costume Design: Rachèle Raoult

Make-Up & Hair: Léonie Carmela Mendy

Original Score: Fatima Al Qadiri

Sound Design: Benoît de Clerck, Emmanuel de Boissieu

Visual Effects: Alain Carsoux , Michel Denis

Main Cast: Coumba Dieng (Thérèse), Ibrahima Mbaye (Moustapha), Mama Sane (Ada), Amadou Mbow (Issa), Ibrahima Traore (Souleiman), Nicole Sougou (Dior), Amina Kane (Fanta), Mariama Gassama (Mariama)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Discovery - Prix Fipresci 2019