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Mali Twist 2022

Twist à Bamako

1962. 1962. Mali tastes its newly acquired independence and the youth of Bamako dance all night to the twist coming from France and America. Samba, the son of a rich merchant, lives the revolutionary ideal: he travels the country to explain the virtues of socialism to the peasants. It is there, in Bambara country, that Lara appears, a young girl married by force, whose beauty and determination overwhelm Samba. Samba and Lara know their love is threatened, but they hope that, for them as well as for Mali, the sky will clear up…

Göteborg Film Festival, Mästare section Vues d’Afrique 2022

Feature film award, international fiction selection – awarded by OIF

Mali Twist, by Robert Guédiguian (France/Canada/Italy/Senegal)

Best Actor award

offered by the Moroccan Cultural Center of Montreal and the Maghreb Observateur enhances the prize with a portrait

Iheb Bouyiaha, in Streams by Mehdi Hmili (Tunisia)

Special Mention:
Stéphane Bak, in Mali Twist, by Robert Guédiguian (France/Canada/Italy/Senegal)

A feature film
Robert Guédiguian
Robert Guédiguian / Gilles Taurand

Producer Yanick Létourneau /Marc Bordure / Robert Guédiguian / Angèle Diabang
In co-production with Agat Films (France) / Karoninka (Sénégal)


Stéphane – Bak Samba Touré
Alicia Da Luz – Gomes Lara
Saabo Balde – Jules
Bakary Diombera – Badian
Ahmed Dramé – Bakary
Diouc Koma – Namori
Miveck Packa – Bintou Komaté
Issaka Sawadogo – Lassana
Youssouf Djoara Mbadi – Le chef du village
Abdoulaye Diakhaté – Gabriel Bakou
Roger Felmont Sallah – Amady

Distribution & sales

Distribution Canada MK2 Mile End (Canada)
Distribution Diaphana Distribution (France)
Sales Mk2 Films
International Sales Mk2 Films

Technical Credits

Film Editing Bernard Sasia
Score Olivier Alary / Johannes Malfatti
Art Direction Benjamin Evrard
Sound Recording Laurent Lafran
Sound Design Pierre-Jules Audet
Costumes Anne-Marie Giacalone / Abdou Lahad Gueye
Sound Mixing Hubert Teissedre

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