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

Souléymane Sy Savané is an Ivorian 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, Sy 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 Sy 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, Sy 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]

Since Machine Gun Preacher, Sy Savané has appeared in numerous TV shows such as "Master of None," "The Detour," "Madame Secretary," and "Forever."

In 2019, Sy Savané will star in "Suicide by Sunlight," an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival and "Killerman," starring Liam Hemsworth, directed by Malik Bader.

Other Facts

  • Fluent in English, French, Mandingo and Wolof
  • 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


  1. ^ Warren, Steve. "'Goodbye Solo' most human film of the year".
  2. ^ Snyder, Diane (May 12, 2009). "Souleymane Sy Savane: A rising African-born film star hits the stage". Time Out. Archived from the original on March 29, 2010.
  3. ^ Monique (September 22, 2011). "EXCLUSIVE! Souléymane Sy Savané on "Machine Gun Preacher," Great White Hope Films & More!". IndieWire. Retrieved April 15, 2017.

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