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Atlantics

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Acclaimed French actress Mati Diop (35 Shots of Rum) catapults onto the international stage as a filmmaker with her haunting, award-winning feature debut, Atlantics.
Set in Senegal’s seaside capital of Dakar, Atlantics follows the blossoming love between young construction worker Souleiman (first-time actor Ibrahima Traoré), who’s being exploited by his rich boss, and Ada (newcomer Mama Sané), about to enter into an unwanted arranged marriage with a wealthy, arrogant businessman. Souleiman and his fed-up coworkers soon make plans to travel to Spain to find work, leading to a dramatic separation between Souleiman and Ada. But when the men mysteriously disappear on their ocean voyage, a strange illness begins to seep into the community and troubling messages from the presumed-dead Souleiman send Ada on a hunt for the truth. Backed by an eerie synth score and stunning cinematography, Diop presents an enchanting, hallucinatory drama steeped both in timeless myth and the urgently topical stories of the current refugee crisis. (Dir. by Mati Diop, 2019, France/Senegal/Belgium, in Wolof/French/English with English subtitles, 104 mins., Not Rated)

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