Atlantics trailer: A first look at Mati Diop's Cannes award-winning film

Atlantics (2019)
Dir: Mati Diop | Cast: N/A | Writer: N/A

Palm d'Or nominee and winner of the Grand Prix winner at Cannes earlier this year, Atlantics (Atlantique) is preparing itself for a cinema release in France this October. French/Senegalese director Mati Diop was one of only a few female filmmakers in contention for the main prize at Cannes this year and her debut feature length is inspired by her 2009 short film of the same name. Diop has also carved out a career in-front of the camera, most notably appearing in Claire Denis’s 35 Shots Of Rhum. Unfortunately there are no English subtitles available but it gives you a flavour of the style and tone to expect. The trailer for Atlantics can now be watched above.

Along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with Souleiman, a young construction worker. But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleiman and his co-workers leave the country by sea, in hope of a better future. Several days later, a fire ruins Ada’s wedding and a mysterious fever starts to spread. Little does Ada know that Souleiman has returned.

Diop co-wrote the script with Olivier Demangel and the film stars Ibrahima Traore, Mama Sane, Babacar Sylla and Amadou Mbow.

Atlantics arrives in French cinemas on October 2. Netflix have picked the film up and will be distributing in the US, so we assume that will also be the case for the UK.

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