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

Andreï TARKOVSKI

Andreï TARKOVSKI

Script Writer
Arne SUCKSDORFF

Arne SUCKSDORFF

Abbas KIAROSTAMI

Abbas KIAROSTAMI

Director, Actor
Fiona GODIVIER

Fiona GODIVIER

Fereshteh PARNIAN

Fereshteh PARNIAN

Director
Jean-Luc GODARD

Jean-Luc GODARD

Director
Michel DEVILLE

Michel DEVILLE

Director
Rolf DE HEER

Rolf DE HEER

Script Writer, Actor
Sofia COPPOLA

Sofia COPPOLA

Director
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