Director, Director, Actor MALI

Souleymane CISSE

Souleymane CISSE
Biography

Born in Bamako (Mali) in 1940, Souleymane Cissé completed his secondary education in Dakar, then obtained a scholarship to study at the VGIK in Moscow. Upon his return, he became a photojournalist for the Malian Ministry of Information film section. In 1975, he shot Den Muso (The Young Girl), Mali's first feature-length fiction film in the Bambara language, which was immediately banned by the authorities. It was followed by Baara (The Porter) in 1977, Finyè (The Wind) in 1981, and his masterpiece Yeelen (Brightness), which won the Cannes Jury Prize in 1987. His last film Waati (Time), also selected for Cannes, dates back to 1995. His most recent unrealeased films include Un Malien à Paris, Le Divin et Jatalaw (Cinéastes) (1999), Nyaminakaden (2002), Sory le Saint (2004) and ‘Nyè’ l'œil du Cyclone (2005). A venerated and respected filmmaker, Cissé is the founder and president of the Union of West African Film and Audiovisual Creators and Entrepreneurs. He is also heavily involved in the development of an economically viable African audiovisual industry.

Films presented at Cannes

CAMÉRA D'AFRIQUE AFRICAN CINEMA : FILMING AGAINST ALL ODDS 2019 Cannes Classics
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
Jury members
Member - Cinéfondation & Short Films - 2006
Member - Feature films - 1983
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Directors

Gus VAN SANT

Gus VAN SANT

Script Writer
KORE-EDA Hirokazu

KORE-EDA Hirokazu

Director, Script Writer
Joachim LAFOSSE

Joachim LAFOSSE

Director, Script Writer
Neil LABUTE

Neil LABUTE

Walter SALLES

Walter SALLES

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