Souléymane Sy Savané

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Souléymane Sy Savané
Souléymane Sy Savané at the 25th Spirit Awards.jpg
Savané at the 25th Independent Spirit Awards in March 2010
Born Côte d'Ivoire

Souléymane Sy Savané is an Ivorian-American actor. He is best known for his role in the drama film Goodbye Solo (2008).[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Côte d'Ivoire, Savané moved to Paris and also worked as a flight attendant for Air Afrique. Air Afrique secured him a visa for travel to the US, and in 2000 Savané settled in New York, where he studied acting before being cast in Goodbye Solo.

In 2008, he played the role of Solo in Ramin Bahrani's critically acclaimed independent film Goodbye Solo. He was nominated in 2009 for Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead and Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Actor.

He played his first stage role in 2009 when he appeared in the American premiere of Ian Bruce's South African political crime drama Groundswell, directed by Scott Eliott, at The New Group at Theatre Row in New York.[2]

In 2011, Savané also appeared in the film Machine Gun Preacher starring Gerard Butler, directed by Marc Forster. He plays the character of Deng, a Sudanese rebel.[3]

In his last project, PAPA, Souléymane has audiences on edge with his gripping performance of a father losing control over his son.

Other Facts

  • Fluent in French and Mandingo
  • Studied British technique
  • Studied 3 years at Film Actors Workshop in Los Angeles under Eric Kline
  • Served on the 2012 Independent Spirit Award Nominating Committee


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