Director, Director, Actor 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

CAMÉRA D'AFRIQUE AFRICAN CINEMA : FILMING AGAINST ALL ODDS 2019 Cannes Classics Actor
OKA OUR HOUSE 2015 Special Screenings Script / Dialogue, Director
MIN YE ... " TELL ME WHO YOU ARE" 2009 Special Screenings Script / Dialogue, Director
WAATI 1995 In Competition – Feature Films Script / Dialogue, Director
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

Alejandro González IÑÁRRITU

Alejandro González IÑÁRRITU

Director, Producer, Script Writer
Kleber MENDONÇA FILHO

Kleber MENDONÇA FILHO

Director, Script Writer
Laurent CANTET

Laurent CANTET

Script Writer
Mathieu AMALRIC

Mathieu AMALRIC

Director, Actor
Spike LEE

Spike LEE

Director
Stijn BOUMA

Stijn BOUMA

Script Writer
Todd HAYNES

Todd HAYNES

Director
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