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PIROGUE, THE (PIROGUE, LA)

PIROGUE, THE
photo © Eric Névé/Les Chauves-Souris Astou Films

Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Islands, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full-well the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men who don't all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe.


Moussa Touré was born in Senegal and began his carreer as an electrician and assistant director. He shot his first short film in 1987 and followed it up in 1991 with his first feature film, TOUBAB-BI, which received several awards internationally. In 1987, he founded his own production company, Les Films du Crocodile (Dakar). The company primarily financed his documentary works, which were lauded critically and received many awards. In 1997, he directed TGV with Makéna Diop, Bernard Giraudeau and Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, which became a success in Africa. By the turn of the century, Touré had shot over ten projects, spanning shorts, documentaries and features. In 2002 he initiated the Moussa Invite film festival in Rufisque/Senegal, which promotes African documentaries shot by African directors. In 2011 he was selected as President of the Jury for the documentary section at the FESPACO (Panafrican Cinema Festival of Ouagadougou).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Moussa Touré
Screenplay Eric Névé, David Bouchet
Cinematography Thomas Letellier
Cast Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Laity Fall, Malamine Dramé, Balla Diarra, Salif "Jean" Diallo, Babacar Oualy, Mame Astou Diallo, Mohamed Fall, Bachirou Diakhaté, Moctar Diop
Producers Eric Névé, Oumar Sy, Adrien Maigne
Co-Producer Caroline Daube
Production Companies Les Chauves-Souris/Paris, Astou Films/Dakar, in co-production with ARTE France Cinéma/Paris, Appaloosa Films/Paris, Royal Pony Film/Munich, LCS/Paris, Studio 37/Paris
Length 87 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
 French, Wolof
Subtitled Versions French, English
Festivals Cannes 2012 (Un Certain Regard), Sydney 2012, Munich 2012, Locarno 2012, Durban 2012 (In Competition), Busan 2012, Tallinn Black Nights 2012
Awards ARRI Award Munich 2012
With backing from CNC, Canal+, Cine+, ARTE France,TV5 Monde, La Banque Postale Image 4, EED Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst

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