Touki Bouki (35mm!)

Presented by La Collectionneuse & Zebulon LA

with DJ set by Tyler Nolan / Kevin Lincoln from Zebulon

Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Touki Bouki is a deft, beautiful mix of surrealism and naturalistic filmmaking. French New Wave-infused (particularly early Godard) Mambéty spins a frantic yet meditative tale of two young Senegalese lovers, deadset on leaving their self-described boring lives behind to take off for Paris. With magic-tinged, urgent cinematography by Georges Bracher, Touki Bouki bursts off the screen with manic energy as the film dives deep into the murky history of francophone-African antinomies filtered through the eyes of restless youth. With a frenetic soundtrack and jump-cut-infused pacing fiercely atypical to the traditionally slow-paced style of African cinema at the time, Touki Bouki remains one of the most important African films in history.

Dir. Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1973, 35mm (Courtesy of Cineteca di Bologna), 85 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!