CHOSEN BY MARTIN SCORSESE
Unlike Sembene and Cisse, Mambety had never had any formal training when he made his first picture. He just picked up a camera and started shooting.
He made only a handful of films in his very short life - he died at the age of 54 - but each one is very special and has its own unique energy.
Touki Bouki was made in 1973 for $30 000 dollars and it is something else again.
It is a cinematic poem made with a raw, wild energy, about a young couple who dream of leaving for France.
"Touki Bouki was conceived at the time of a very violent crisis in my life," said Mambety. "I wanted to make a lot of things explode."
And that’s just what he did. Touki Bouki explodes one image at a time.
ABOUT MARTIN SCORSESE
In a 50-year career most of us can only dream of, Martin has won Best Director Awards at the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmy and BAFTA Awards, among many other accolades, for classic films like The Departed, Hugo, Gangs of New York, Goodfellas and Taxi Driver. Martin founded the World Cinema Foundation in 2007.
'TOUKI BOUKI' AWARDS
:: FIPRESCI Critics Prize, Cannes, 1973
:: Special Jury Award, Moscow, 1973
:: Diploma, Moscow, 1973
:: Writer-director-producer: Djibril Diop Mambety
:: DoP: Pap Samba Sow
:: Editor: Siro Asteni
:: Sound: El Hadj Mbow
:: Magaye Niang (Mory)
:: Mareme Niang (Anta)
:: Aminata Fall (Tante Oumy)
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