Yeelen

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Yeelen
Yeelen.jpg
VHS cover
Directed by Souleymane Cissé
Produced by Souleymane Cissé
Written by Souleymane Cissé
Starring Issiaka Kane
Aoua Sangare
Niamanto Sanogo
Music by Salif Keita
Michel Portal
Cinematography Jean-Noël Ferragut
Jean-Michel Humeau
Release dates
May 1987 (premiere at Cannes)
14 April 1989 (USA, limited)
Running time
105 min.
Country Mali / Burkina Faso / France / West Germany
Language Bambara, Fula

Yeelen (Bambara for "brightness"/"light") is a 1987 Malian film directed by Souleymane Cissé. It is filmed in the Bambara and Fula languages, and is based on a legend told by the Bambara people. Though the era is undefined, it is presumably set in the 13th century in the Mali Empire and is a heroic quest narrative featuring magic and precognition.

It stars Issiaka Kane as Niankoro, a young African man who possesses magical powers. Niamanto Sanogo plays Niankoro's father, who is tracking his son through the Bambara, Fulani and Dogon lands of West Africa using a magical wooden post to guide him.

Yeelen was met with wide critical success, and was awarded the Jury Prize at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.[1] It was also nominated for the Golden Palm award for the same year.

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Trivia[edit]

  • Ranked #94 in Empire magazines "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Yeelen". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  2. ^ "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema | 93. The Fourth Man". Empire. 

Samuel Lelièvre, La Lumière de Souleymane Cissé. Cinéma et Culture, Paris, L'Harmattan, 2013 (ISBN 978-2-343-00201-9).

See Wikipedia French article at http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeelen for bibliographical references.

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