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51th Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Touki Bouki

Fortnight 1973, Feature film, 95'

Synopsis

Mory, a cowherd who rides a motorcycle mounted with a cow’s skull, and Anta, a university student, have met in Dakar, Senegal’s capital. Alienated and disaffected with Senegal and Africa, they long to go to Paris and work up different con schemes to raise the money. Mory steals clothing and money from a wealthy gay man who had brought him home, and he and Anta book passage on a ship to France.

Director

Djibril Diop Mambety

Born the son of a Muslim cleric in Colobane, near Dakar, Senegal, Djibril Diop Mambéty received no formal training in filmmaking. He experimented with theater, but in 1968, he was asked to leave an avant-garde theater group. Shortly thereafter, he made his first film short called Badou Boy (1970), which dealt with the life of a young renegade. By 1973, he directed his first feature, Touki Bouki (1973), about disaffected youth, and it became an instant classic. It would be nearly twenty years before he would create another film, Hyènes (1992), which is considered a sequel to « Touki Bouki » and a parable based on the classic play « The Visit » by Frederich Durrenmatt. Although his films were considered to be politically oriented, Mambéty rejected the realism preferred by most African filmmakers. His films were notable for their dream-like quality that left the themes of his films entirely to the interpretation of the viewer; this was, of course, the desired effect. In spite of the fact that Mambéty only completed a few short films and a meager two full-length features, the quality of his short body of work has rendered him legendary status among African filmmakers and, indeed, the international film community.

Aminata Fall
Magaye Niang
Mareme Niang
Ousseynou Diop

Screenplay
Djibril Diop Mambety

Image
Georges Bracher

Prod : Studio Cinégrit
Dakar
B.P. 2509

Title in Original Version : Le voyage de la hyène

Press release

“Le cinéma de Djibril Diop Mambety est animé par un esprit subversif” / Sud Quotidien 25.07.2016

“Ce film de 1973 est le premier, le plus exalté, le plus extraordinairement inventif des sept longs-métrages du Sénégalais Djibril Diop Mambéty” / Le Monde 01.04.2014

Touki Bouki itself is an abrasive blend of playful abstraction, wicked satire, and dreary political commentary” / joylesscreatures.com 07.03.2014