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by Abderrahmane Sissako


Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, 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 when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered "GPS", his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants.

international title: Timbuktu
original title: Timbuktu (Le Chagrin des oiseaux)
country: France
sales agent: Le Pacte
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Abderrahmane Sissako
film run: 97'
release date: FR 10/12/2014, BE 17/12/2014, ES 06/02/2015, HU 12/02/2015, SE 20/02/2016
screenplay: Abderrahmane Sissako, Kessen Tall
cast: Abel Jafri, Pino Desperado, Hichem Yacoubi, Kettly Noël, Toulou Kiki
cinematography by: Sofian El Fani
film editing: Nadia Ben Rachid
art director: Sébastian Birchler
producer: Sylvie Pialat
production: Les Films du Worso, Armada Films, ARTE France Cinéma, Orange Studio
distributor: Le Pacte, Golem Distribución, Cinéart, Asociatia Culturala Macondo, Vertigo Media, Folkets Bio


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2014Jury Prize, François Chalais Prize
Prix Louis Delluc 2014Nomination: Best film
Prix Lumières 2015Best film of the year, Best director
César 2015Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Soud
Oscars 2015Nomination: Best foreign film

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