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Synopsis

Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by 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 inhabitants suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. Women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family seem to be 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.

Producers

Les films du Worso

Dune Vision

Arches Films

ARTE France Cinéma

Orange Studio

Partenaires financiers

CNC (Avance sur recettes), Le Pacte, Indéfilms, Cinéfeel

Script

Abderrahmane Sissako, Kessen Tall

Casting

Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino, Toulou Kiki, Abel Jafri, Fatoumata Diawara, Hichem Yacoubi

French release

December 10th, 2014

French distribution & international sales

Le Pacte

Broadcast

Canal +, Ciné +, ARTE

Festivals & awards

- French Film Festival In Japan

- Transilvania international Film

- French Film Festival Of Cuba, Israël, Dublin, Bienne

- Hong Kong, Rotterdam, Tokyo, Palm Springs, Anu Dhabi, Vienna, Chicago, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

- The Alliance Française French Film Festival (Australia, New Zeland)

- Oscar (Nomination For Best Foreign Language Film)

- Cesar (7 Nominations) 

- AFI FEST

- Warsaw Film Festival

- FIFF

- BIFF

- New York Film Festival

- ...