With his mother’s blessing and barefoot, director Thierno Souleymane sets out in search of a copy of the first fiction film ever made by a Guinean filmmaker. Through his journey for places and people who may have the negative reels of the 1953 film, emerges deep considerations about cinema itself, the gesture of gazing, fictional representation, and something we could call the desire for cinema. Faithful to the character of a hermit filmmaker, constantly distrustful of institutions, the director rescues living evidence of the importance of preserving films as a historical document and cultural heritage, as the matter of memory and identity of peoples. (G.P.)
Thierno Souleymane Diallo
Thierno Souleymane Diallo was born in Guinea and studied at the Institut Supérieur des Arts de Guinée (ISAG) in Dubréka. In 2012, he moved to Niger to study documentary and then graduated with a degree in documentary cinema in Senegal. After making several short films during his studies, he directed "Un Homme Pour Ma Famille" and "Nô Mëtî Sîfâdhe", two mid-length documentaries. "Au Cimetière de la Pellicule" is his debut feature-length film.
Berlinale – Berlin IFF 2023