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Touki Bouki - Criterion Collection

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Genres: Drama
Starring: Magaye Niang, Myriam Niang, Christoph Colomb
Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty
Plot Synopsis:

With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop Mambéty paints a fractured portrait of the disenchantment of postindependence Senegal in the early 1970s. In this picaresque fantasy-drama, the disaffected young lovers Anta and Mory, fed up with Dakar, long to escape to the glamour and comforts they imagine France has to offer, but their plan is confounded by obstacles both practical and mystical. Alternately manic and meditative, Touki bouki has an avant-garde sensibility characterized by vivid imagery, bleak humor, unconventional editing, and jagged soundscapes, and it demonstrates Mambéty's commitment to telling African stories in new ways.

Touki Bouki was restored in 2008 by the Cineteca di Bologna/L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in association with The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project and the family of Djibril Diop Mambéty. Restoration funded by Armani, Cartier, Qatar Airways, and Qatar Museum Authority.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: March 9th, 2021
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1973
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:89 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    2K RESTORATION
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:Wolof: LPCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:
    • 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
    • PLUS: An essay by film programmer and critic Ashley Clark