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by Moussa Touré


A fishing village in the outer suburbs of Dakar. Many pirogues set off from there to reach the Spanish territory of the Canary Islands, after an often deadly crossing. Baye Laye is captain of a fishing pirogue. He knows the sea. He doesn’t want to leave, but he has no choice. He has to take 30 men to Spain. These men don’t all understand each other. Some have never even seen the sea and nobody knows what awaits them…

international title: The pirogue
original title: La pirogue
country: France, Senegal
sales agent: Memento Films International
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Moussa Touré
film run: 87'
release date: FR 17/10/2012
screenplay: Abasse Ndione, David Bouchet, Eric Névé
cast: Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Laïty Fall, Malamine Dramé "Yalenguen ", Balla Diarra, Salif "Jean Diallo ", Babacar Oualy, Mame Astou
cinematography by: Thomas Letellier
film editing: Josie Miljevic
costumes designer: Fatou Cissé
music: Prince Ibrahima Ndour
producer: Eric Névé
production: La Chauve Souris, ARTE France Cinéma, Studio 37, Astou Films/Senegal, Appaloosa Films, Royal Pony Film
backing: Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC), Canal+, Ciné+, TV5 Monde, Sofica Banque Postale Images 4
distributor: Studio 37, Rezo Films


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2012 Un Certain Regard

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