Touki Bouki


Djibril Diop Mambéty / Senegal / 1973 / 85mins / Drama / Wolof and French


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Mory and his girlfriend, Anta, are African cousins of the outlaw couples in “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Pierrot le Fou” when their desperate search for money to immigrate to France takes them on a picturesque journey through Dakar. With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop Mambéty paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s. In this fantasy-drama, two young lovers long to leave Dakar for the glamor and comforts of France, but their escape plan is beset by complications both concrete and mystical. Characterized by dazzling imagery and music, the alternately manic and meditative Touki Bouki is widely considered one of the most important African films ever made. About Djibril Diop Mambéty


2K digital transfer, restored by the Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and the family of director Djibril Diop Mambéty

Introduction from 2013 by The Film Foundation’s founder and chair, Martin Scorsese

Interview from 2013 with filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako

Interview program from 2012 featuring musician Wasis Diop and filmmaker Mati Diop, Mambéty’s brother and niece, respectively

Contras’ City, a 1968 short film by Mambéty, in a new 4K restoration by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and the Cineteca di Bologna

PLUS: An essay by film programmer and critic Ashley Clark

New cover by Slang Inc.