classified 12A S

Films That Love the Cinema


Please note: This was screened in Sept 2020

Mati Diop
Mame Bineta Sane, Amadou Mbow, Ibrahima Traoré, Nicole Sougou, Aminata Kane, Mariama Gassama
107 mins, Subtitled, 2019, France | Senegal | Belgium
Primary language
Wolof | French | English | Arabic

Winner of the Cannes Grand Prix, the debut feature from director and actor Mati Diop is a haunting, fantastical depiction of young love and migration.

Teenage Ada (Mame Bineta Sane) is in love with Souleiman (Ibrahima Traore), a young construction worker in Dakar. Tired of labouring without pay, Souleiman sets off to undertake a treacherous journey across the Atlantic with his fellow aggrieved workers in search of a better life, leaving Ada to face an impending marriage to another man. While Ada grieves her lover, the young men return to Dakar as possessive spirits, unleashing a series of strange and supernatural incidents.

Set to a score by Fatima Al Qadiri, Atlantics is a surreal romance laced with trenchant socio-political commentary.