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Wùlu
Eye of Ladji (The)
Ladji Nyè [Working title]
Daouda Coulibaly
Long | Mali | 2016
avec Habib Dembélé, Inna Modja

 

 

 

descriptif

Mon nom est Ladji. J'apprends à conduire une Sotrama, appellation donnée aux minibus qui parcourent Bamako. De ma position, j'observe mon monde.

Un film de Daouda Coulibaly

Mali / Sénégal· Couleurs · 96'

avec Ibrahim Koma, Inna Modja, Habib Dembélé



Format: dcp encrypted

Producteurs : Eric Névé & Oumar Sy

Réalisateur : Daouda Coulibaly
Scénario : Daouda Coulibaly (scénario original)
Images : Pierre Milon
Son : Olivier Dandré
Musique : Eric Neveux
Montage : Julien Leloup
Costumes : Mariam Coulibaly
Directeur artistique : Papa Mahamoudou Kouyaté
1ers Assistants réalisateurs : Demba Dièye, Vincent Canaple
Casting : Mathilde Snodgrass

ACTEURS /ACTRICES
Ibrahim Koma : Ladji
Inna Modja : Aminata
Ismaël NDiaye : Zol
Jean-Marie Traoré : Houphouet
Habib Dembélé : Issiaka
Mariame NDiaye : Assitan
Quim Gutiérrez : Le Colombien
Olivier Rabourdin : Jean-François


Une coproduction France-Sénégal-Mali

Production:
La Chauve-Souris, Astou Films, Orange Studio, Appaloosa Films

Avec la contribution financière de l'Union Européenne
& le concours du Groupe des Etats ACP

Avec la participation de l'Aide aux Cinémas du Monde
Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée
Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et du Développement International
Institut Français

Avec le soutien de La Région Île-de-France
Open Doors
Festival del Film Locarno

Ventes internationales : Indie Sales

contact: Martin Gondre, Indie Sales: festival@indiesales.eu

Lieux de tournage : Bamako / Dakar

Début de tournage : 10/2013

Date de fin de tournage prévue : 02/2014
Statut de Production : Ecriture / Développement
Budget : 170'000 Euros
Financement acquis (juillet 2012) : 10'000 Euro


2013 | 28ème FIFF - Festival International du film francophone de Namur 2013 | NAMUR, Belgique | 27/09 > 04/10/2013
* Sélection : 10ème Forum de Namur - Forum francophone de la production
www.fiff.be/fr/Espace-pro/Les-Ateliers/Forum-de-Namur-Forum-francophone-de-la-production

2012 | 65ème Festival International de Cinéma de Locarno 2012 | Suisse | 01> 11/08/2012
* Sélection - Open Doors Lab
* Grant Open Doors for development (15.000 CHF)
www.pardolive.ch/Industry/Open-Doors/film.html?fid=600237

Bamako, Mali, 2007
Ladji, a 20 year old man, works hard as a prantiké (bus driver) to get out his older sister, Aminata, from prostitution.As he doesn't get the promotion he was expecting, he decides to contact Driss, a drug dealer who owes him a favour.
Assisted by his two mischievous friends Houphouet and Zol, Ladji carries kilos of cocaine from Conakry to Bamako. His rapid rise to the top of the drug trafficking underworld, gives him easy access to money, women and a life that he had never dreamt of. But the price to pay is high.

A film by Daouda Coulibaly

Mali / France / Senegal 2016 · Fiction Feature | 95 min | OV with English st | Colour | FF 2016

Original language: Bambara, French

CAST
Ibrahim Koma : Ladji
Inna Modja : Aminata
Ismaël NDiaye : Zol
Jean-Marie Traoré : Houphouet
Habib Dembélé : Issiaka
Mariame NDiaye : Assitan
Quim Gutiérrez : The Colombian
Olivier Rabourdin : Jean-François

LONG SYNOPSIS
My name is Ladji. I'm learning to drive a Sotrama, the minibuses that are everywhere in Bamako. My position gives me an unrivalled perspective of the arrogant, condescending, dishonest and corrupt human beings around me - on whom I don't mind admitting that I spit, each and every day.

When my boss unexpectedly fires me, it doesn't take me long to come up with an idea for a fresh start in life. Because if there's one thing I've learned during my long years as a junior driver, it's that the man who has nothing is nothing. From now on, I want everything. Like other people. And since I don't like other people, I'm going to go get what I want in their houses. I'm going to be a thief.

With my accomplice Dramane, I have a little set-up which soon takes us from petty larceny to grand theft, and we soon have a fairly comfortable lifestyle. But fairly comfortable is not enough for someone like me.
We meet up with Sékou, Idrissa and Jean-François. When Jean-François suggests we could get into the drug business, we say yes before he's finished asking.

The logical consequence is that we come up in the world of crime and get some of the benefits: money, coke, high-end goods and girls. But we also start paying some of the price. Sékou takes a bullet in the brain on one of our jobs. Dramane and I get arrested and then released. I have a bad feeling, a sense of unease. Visions. Visions of a country at war. Scenes of rape. And Dramane sinking down and down into substance abuse and paranoia. I'm going to have to get rid of him.

Not long after that, I meet Assitan. She may not be the prettiest girl I've been to bed with, but her dad was once high up in the Malian army. I thought that might come in useful one day. And I wasn't wrong. When our drug business runs up against a hitch after our contact in Guinea gets arrested, it's Assitan's father who gets me back on track. He introduces me to some army contacts who can take over transport of the drugs to Algeria, while all I have to do at my end is handle sourcing the merchandise from Latin America, directly by plane onto Mali territory.
I can't tell you how much money I'm making. Today, I can at last say: I've got it all. That's it. At last I exist in other people's eyes. I've even become like them. To the point where now I detest myself as much as I used to detest them. I realize now just how appalling my idea of happiness was: I was confusing it with pleasure.

Director''s note

At the root of this project were the intention to face up to the issue of drug trafficking in Mali and the desire to draw attention to the power of attraction of the drug trade over a population facing all kinds of problems. It was also an opportunity to portray one model of society. A model against which one trainee sotrama driver - an indignado? - rebelled. His chosen way of expressing that rebellion was to become a criminal. My idea was to follow him on his path and to observe how a claim for justice could be transposed into yet more injustice and disorder. It was only a fictional account.
And then came the 22nd of March. A very real day.
On that day it was not the sotrama trainees who revolted, it was soldiers - the "indignados of Kati", as they became known. They, too, were claiming more justice - high-ranking officers in the army were supposedly involved in the drugs trade, getting rich while the lower ranks were sent north to fight the rebellion. They improvised a coup d'état whose indirect consequences were far-reaching upheavals. The country was cut in two, hundreds of thousands of people were trapped, and desolation set in, everywhere. Since then, injustice and disorder are not just words any more, but part of our everyday lives.
So Ladji Nyè could no longer be a film anticipating social trends as I had thought of it only a short while before. Instead it has become a film through which I take stock of the current situation in Mali and in which I attempt to work my way back to a version of "how we got into this mess".

Directing
Daouda Coulibaly

Based on
Original screenplay

YEAR 2016
GENRE Thriller
COUNTRY France, Sénégal
LANGUAGE French, some Bambara
ORIGINAL TITLE: Wùlu
DOMESTIC RELEASE Orange Studio


DIRECTOR & SCREENWRITER
Daouda Coulibaly

CAST
Ibrahim Koma (The Crocodile Of Botswanga, Asphalt Playground)
Inna Modja
Habib Dembélé (Bamako)

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Pierre Milon (Don't Tell Me The Boy was Mad, The Snows Of Kilimandjaro, The Class, Heading South)

EDITOR
Julien Leloup (Standing Tall, On My Way)

PRODUCERS
Eric Névé for LA CHAUVE SOURIS (Female Agents, Dobermann)
Oumar Sy for ASTOU FILMS (The Pirogue)


Shooting places
Bamako
Dakar
Shooting start date
10/2013

Expected completion date
02/2014

Production status
Writing / Development

Budget
170'000 Euro

Financing in place
10'000 Euro

FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Namur Film Festival 2016 - Belgian Premiere
Filmfest Hamburg 2016, Germany
Angoulême Film Festival 2016 - European Premiere
41th Toronto International Film Festival (Discovery - 2016): World Premiere

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IT
Mali · Colore · 96'

Regia
Daouda Coulibaly


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DE
Der 20-jährige Ladji ist Busfahrer in der malischen Hauptstadt Bamako und arbeitet hart, um seine Schwester Aminata aus der Prostitution zu holen. Als ihm eine Beförderung verwehrt wird, wendet er sich an einen befreundeten Drogendealer, der ihm noch einen Gefallen schuldet. Unterstützt von seinen Freunden beginnt Ladji, kiloweise Kokain von Guinea nach Mali zu schmuggeln und steigt rasch zur Topgröße im regionalen Drogenhandel auf. Er kann sich nun alles leisten, Frauen und ein Leben, von dem er bisher nicht einmal zu träumen gewagt hat. Doch der Preis, den Ladji dafür zu zahlen hat, ist hoch. „Wùlu ist der malische Scarface."(Le Point)
Website: indiesales.eu/wulu

Mali, Frankreich, Senegal 2016 | 95 min | OmeU | Farbe | FF 2016

Produzent: Eric Névé & Oumar Sy

Darsteller: Ibrahim Koma, Inna Modja, Habib Dembele

Regie: Daouda Coulibaly
Drehbuch: Daouda Coulibaly
Musik: Eric Neveux
Kamera: Pierre Milon
Schnitt: Julien Leloup

Originaltitel: Wùlu
Sektion: Voilà!
Originalsprache: Bambara, Französisch
Filmtyp: Spielfilm

Format: dcp encrypted

Weltvertrieb: Indie Sales
Produktion: La Chauve-Souris
Kontakt: Martin Gondre, Indie Sales: festival@indiesales.eu

http://www.filmfesthamburg.de/de/programm/Film/27377/w%C3%B9lu

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fiche technique

pays
Mali

format
Long

catégorie
fiction

genre
thriller

format de distribution
DCP / HD

durée
96'

autre titre du film
Ladji Nyè [Working title]

site web
http://www.indiesales.eu/wulu

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fiche artistique

Acteur/trice
Habib Dembélé
Inna Modja

Assistant/e réalisateur
Demba Dièye

Producteur/trice
Eric Névé

Réalisateur/trice
Daouda Coulibaly

Scénariste
Daouda Coulibaly

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production

Astou Films
Sénégal

Chauve-souris (La)
32 rue Washington
75008 PARIS
France
tel.1 : 00 33 (0)1 44 83 02 27
fax : 00 33 (0)1 44 83 04 14
[envoyer un mail]

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distribution

Orange Studio (ex Studio 37)
37, Rue du Cherche-Midi
75 016 PARIS
France
tel.1 : +33.1.44.44.12.12
fax : +33.1.44.44.10.55
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texte(s)
autour du film Wùlu
   

 

Critique
WÙLU, Trafic de drogue au Mali
En Première Mondiale au TIFF à Toronto et en Compétition au FIFF à Namur
Djia Mambu
publié le 05/10/2016 06:10:42
 

 

Critique
Classics / Marché du film : Cannes accueille Sembène et l'Afrique
Thierno Ibrahima Dia
publié le 15/05/2015 09:20:57
 

 

Entretien
Entretien avec Martina MALACRIDA, Responsable de la Section Open Doors du Festival du Film de Locarno
"Non pas une absence d'idées, mais un manque de moyens"
Tahar Houchi
publié le 25/08/2012 10:08:35
 

 

Analyse
Le cinéma africain à la recherche de fonds à Locarno
festival du film de Locarno 2012
Tahar Houchi
publié le 09/08/2012 11:08:25
 

 

texte(s) sur le site Africultures.com

Analyse
Locarno 2012 : un Open Doors pour l'Afrique
De nouveaux projets de film en quête de producteurs
Olivier Barlet
publié le 25/09/2012 18:09:04
 

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Evènements
   

 

01/08/2012 > 11/08/2012
festival |Suisse |
Festival International de Cinéma de Locarno 2012
65ème édition

 

 

27/09/2013 > 04/10/2013
festival |Belgique |
FIFF - Festival International du film francophone de Namur 2013
28ème édition

 

 

08/09/2016 > 18/09/2016
festival |Canada |
Festival International du Film de Toronto (TIFF 2016)
41ème édition.

 

 

30/09/2016 > 06/10/2016
festival |Belgique |
FIFF - Festival International du film francophone de Namur 2016
31ème édition

 

 

28/10/2016 > 06/11/2016
festival |Royaume-Uni |
Film Africa 2016
6ème édition. 10 days of more than fifty of the best African fiction and documentary films from across the continent, With lively Q&As and panel discussions featuring leading African filmmakers, and a dynamic programme of 
cultural events.

 

 

28/10/2016 > 05/11/2016
festival |Afrique du Sud |
Joburg Film Festival 2016
1ere édition.

 

 

02/11/2016 > 09/11/2016
festival |Allemagne |
Festival International du Film Francophone de Tübingen-Stuttgart 2016
33ème édition de la Französische Filmtage Tübingen. Focus Afrique. La Suisse est l'invitée star.

 

 

09/11/2016 > 18/11/2016
festival |France |
11ème Festival Cinébanlieue /Swag attitude
C'est la Swag Attitude au festival Cinébanlieue du 9 au 18 novembre 2016, parrainé par Reda Kateb. Avec 4 avant-premières, 22 courts métrages, une compétition présidée par Philippe Faucon, des rencontres professionnelles au Comedy Club.

 

 

11/11/2016 > 19/11/2016
festival |France |
Festival international du film d'Amiens 2016
36e édition.

 

 

08/12/2016 > 10/12/2016
festival |Côte d'Ivoire |
Rendez-vous du cinéma francophone 2016
1ère édition

 
   


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