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The Cemetery of Cinema

The Cemetery of Cinema

Au cimetière de la pellicule
Thierno Souleymane Diallo
France, Senegal, Guinea, Saudi Arabia
2023
96 min
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Synopsis

The first known French-language film by an African director is the Guinean work Mouramani, made in 1953. But none of the experts interviewed in The Cemetery of Cinema have ever seen it. Does it actually exist?

Equipped with a video camera and a microphone, Thierno Souleymane Diallo embarks on a search in Guinea to track down a copy of this lost film by Mamadou Touré. He visits old cinemas and archives to talk with figures from the Guinean film world, including a former film censor, a ticket seller and film school students.

Along the way, an improvised impression emerges of Guinea’s film and cultural history. Diallo ultimately finds himself in the caverns of the film archives in France. This playful but thoughtful quest invites the viewer to reflect on the historical and cultural importance of cinema, and the importance of a good archive.

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Credits
96 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: French, Eastern Maninkakan, Pulaar
Director
    Thierno Souleymane Diallo
    Thierno Souleymane Diallo
Production
    Marie-Louise Sarr for Lagune Productions
    Marie-Louise Sarr for Lagune Productions
Co-production
    Maud Martin for L'image d'après,
    Jean-Pierre Lagrange for JPL Productions,
    Alpha Amadou Djoulde Diallo for Le grenier des ombres
    Maud Martin for L'image d'après,
    Jean-Pierre Lagrange for JPL Productions,
    Alpha Amadou Djoulde Diallo for Le grenier des ombres
Cinematography
    Leïla Chaïbi,
    Thierno Souleymane Diallo
    Leïla Chaïbi,
    Thierno Souleymane Diallo
Editing
    Aurélie Jourdan,
    Marianne Haroche
    Aurélie Jourdan,
    Marianne Haroche
Sound
    Ophélie Boully,
    Jean-Marie Salque
    Ophélie Boully,
    Jean-Marie Salque
Screenplay
    Thierno Souleymane Diallo
    Thierno Souleymane Diallo
World Sales
    Reservoir Docs
    Reservoir Docs
Screening copy
    Reservoir Docs
    Reservoir Docs

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