Director MALI

Souleymane CISSE

Souleymane CISSE
Biography

Born in Bamako (Mali) in 1940, Souleymane Cissé went to high school in Dakar before winning a scholarship enabling him to attend the VGIK in Moscow. Upon his return, he became cameraman-reporter for the Ministry of Information's film department. In 1975 he shot Den Muso (The Young Girl), the first full length Malian feature in the Bambara language. It was immediately banned by the government. Then followed Baara (Work) in 1977, Finyè (The Wind) in 1981, and his master piece Yeelen (Brightness), Prix du Jury in Cannes in 1987. His last film, Waati, was also selected for Cannes in 1995. Among his last films yet unreleased there are Un Malien à Paris, Jatalaw (Cinéastes) and Le Divin (1999), Nyaminakaden (2002), Sory le Saint (2004) or also "Nyè" l'oeil du Cyclone (2005). An admired and respected filmmaker, Cissé is also Founding President of the Union of West African Cinema and Audiovisual Designers and Entrepreneurs and devotes his energy to developing an economically viable African audiovisual industry.

Films presented at Cannes

OKA OUR HOUSE 2015 Special Screenings Director, Script / Dialogue
MIN YE ... " TELL ME WHO YOU ARE" 2009 Special Screenings Director, Script / Dialogue
WAATI 1995 In Competition – Feature Films Director, Script / Dialogue
YEELEN 1987 In Competition – Feature Films Director, Script / Dialogue
FINYE 1982 Un Certain Regard Director, Script / Dialogue

Awards

LA LUMIÈRE
YEELEN 1987 Jury Prize ((tied)) Director, Script / Dialogue
Jury members
Member - Cinéfondation & Short Films - 2006
Member - Feature films - 1983
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Directors

Arnaud DESPLECHIN

Arnaud DESPLECHIN

Director
Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV

Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV

Director, script writer
Aida BEGIC

Aida BEGIC

Director
Laszlo VAJDA

Laszlo VAJDA

Director
Michel FRANCO

Michel FRANCO

Director
Shohei IMAMURA

Shohei IMAMURA

Stéphanie VALLOATTO

Stéphanie VALLOATTO

Director
Thanos ANASTOPOULOS

Thanos ANASTOPOULOS

Director
Tao CHEN

Tao CHEN

Director
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