Atlantics trailer: A first look at Mati Diop's Cannes award-winning film
Palm d'Or nominee and winner of the Grand Prix winner at Cannes earlier this year, Atlantics (Atlantique) is preparing itself for a cinema and Netflix release next month. 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 excellent 35 Shots Of Rhum. The English-subtitled trailer for Atlantics can now be watched above.
After a group of unpaid construction workers disappears at sea one night in search of a better life abroad, the women they have left behind in Dakar are overwhelmed with a mysterious fever. Ada, 17, secretly grieves for her love Souleiman, one of the departed workers, but she has been promised to another man. After a fire breaks out on her wedding night, a young policeman is sent to investigate the crime. Little doeshe know that the aggrieved workers have come back as haunting, possessive spirits. While many of them seek vengeance for their unpaid labor, Souleiman has come back for a different purpose - to be with his Ada one last time.
Diop co-wrote the script with Olivier Demangel and the film stars Ibrahima Traore, Mama Sane, Babacar Sylla and Amadou Mbow.
Atlantics opens in select UK cinemas on November 22 before landing on Netflix on November 29.