TIFF 2021: Astel, The Tomb of the Grave, Saloum | Festivals & Awards

Abdi and Warsame’s chemistry is sensual and muted; You truly believe that they fell in love at first sight and fled to the city together. A particularly beautiful scene shows the two “borrowing a” goat “for a wedding so that the two can share a romantic dance before Nasra’s illness puts her to bed. Ibrahim gives a complex performance as her son, who her poverty and illiteracy rose, but her love ran deeper than perhaps even he realized.Ahmed allows his actors to play the space meaningfully under the dramatic plot of the film, bringing a real sense of family obligations.Charming and sad without ever to feel maudlin, “The Gravedigger’s Wife” is a beautiful love letter to the power of the family.

Congolese-born writer / director Jean Luc Herbulot’s second feature film ‘Saloum,“Which had its world premiere as a Midnight Madness selection, defying the genre and possibly best viewed as little as possible. With dialogue in French, English, Spanish, and Wolof, as well as sign language, the film is a true pan-African film. D ‘Action begins during the 2003 coup d’etat in Guinea-Bissau, when a trio of mercenaries known as Bangui’s Hyenas extract a drug dealer – along with his gold and drugs. outside the coastal river region of the Sine-Saloum Delta.As they spend time in a rural hotel waiting for fuel and resin to repair their aircraft, it becomes clear that the village has not only a secret, but its leader as well.

Yann Gael sizzles like the Trio de Lead Chaka. Owing to charisma and pathos, Gael has the guts of a born leader, but as the film continues we get a glimpse into the past that haunts him. There’s a real live feeling for the Bengui Hyenas, Gael’s Chemistry with his partners Rafa (Roger Sallah) and Minuit (Mentor Ba) made me wish we had a whole prequel series so I could continue their adventure kucken.

Clearly influenced by the people as “From dusk to sunrise“in the”Predator“Clearly, Herbulot’s infusion of both African-Caribbean folklore with a soulful meditation on the real – life horrors of Africa’s current state of socio-political upheaval makes ‘Saloum’ a refreshingly original action-horror hybrid. It’s just damn good, too. cool .

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