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Robert Guédiguian (Gloria Mundi, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Marius and Jeannette) sets his youthful 1960s love story Mali Twist against the backdrop of the febrile atmosphere of post-Colonial Mali, amongst youngsters dancing to rock and roll music and ‘the twist’.
French actors Alicia Da Luz Gomes and Stéphane Bak (Farewell to the Night, AF FFF20) co-star as a spirited young woman, who wants to escape her arranged marriage, and a young socialist whose paths collide in the capital, Bamako. Mali Twist tells a story about dreams of political renewal and independence.
With beautiful cinematography, inspired by the photography of Seydou Keita and Malick Sidibe, Mali Twist is a time capsule that explores a lesser-known side of Mali’s history. This juxtaposition of nostalgia and tragedy gives way to intimate imagery of two young people experiencing freedom and loss simultaneously.
Against a backdrop of change, audiences are treated to a unique blast from the past where iconic 60’s hits punctuate the naivety of youth and reality of politics. This powerful love story captures a country torn between tradition and revolution.
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Valladolid International Film Festival 2021
Tuesday 1st March
French with English subtitles