- Abderrahmane Sissako
- France, Mauritania
- Drama, Fiction
- Abderrahmane Sissako, Kessen Tall
- Ibrahim Ahmed dit Pino, Toulou Kiki, Abel Jafri
- Les Films du Worso, Dune Vision, Arches Films
A look at the brief occupation of Timbuktu by militant Islamic rebels.
Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly.
Festivals & Academy awards and others
Festival de Cannes 2014
Winner: François Chalais Award and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Nominated Palme d'Or
Sofia International Film Festival 2015
Barcelona Independent Film Festival, l'Alternativa 2016
Les Films du Worso - Sylvie Pialat
Nominated to Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated: Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Score, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Set Design.
Winner: Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Score, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound.
Lumière Awards 2015
Nominated: Best Film and Best Director, CST Award
BAFTA Awards 2016
Spain (6 of February 2015)