August 27

World Premiere SALOUM – African Midnight Madness supernatural thriller/horror?

World Premiere / 2021 TIFFMidnight MadnessSALOUM
Narrative | Senegal | 2021 | 80 min | Color Wolof and French with English Subtitles
2021 Toronto Int’l Film FestSept 9 – 20, 2021
Writer/Director: Jean Luc Herbulot (Netflix’s Dealer, Canal + Afrique’s Sakho & Mangane)Producer: Pamela DiopExecutive Producers: Douglas Jackson, Hus MillerCo-Producer: Alexis PerrinPrincipal Cast: Yann Gael (Duel au Soleil, They Had a Dream, Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro, upcoming Netflix series 1889), Roger Sallah (Sakho & Mangane, Renaissance, upcoming Absa), Mentor Ba, Evelyne Ily Juhen

SYNOPSIS:Amidst Guinea-Bissau’s coup d’état of 2003, Bangui’s Hyenas, an elite trio of mercenaries, skillfully extract a drug dealer and his bricks — both gold and narcotic — from the chaos and make tracks for Dakar, Senegal. But when their escape plan is unexpectedly waylaid, the Hyenas find themselves and their bounty stranded in the Sine-Saloum Delta, a coastal river realm steeped in myth and mystery, where dark ancestral forces unleash hell on them all.
Writer-director Jean Luc Herbulot ignites the fuse of his inspired genre-shifting thriller, burning through exquisite episodes of suspense before exploding into full-blown action-horror. As with Herbulot’s Netflix series Sakho & Mangane, which stylishly wove a supernatural thread through a gripping police procedural’s own twisting trajectory compellingly invokes African-Caribbean folklore and mysticism as it refashions cues from western genre hybrids like From Dusk Till Dawn and Predator into its unique cultural context. The results are infectiously cool and an exhilarating introduction to a fascinating mythos full of creepy curses, sinister spirits, and an instantly iconic ensemble of horror heroes.
FILMMAKER BIOS:Jean Luc Herbulot was born and raised in Congo Brazzaville, and has lived and worked as a filmmaker in Dakar, Paris, and Los Angeles. He is currently based in Dakar, Senegal.After a creative childhood of drawing and writing, and then music-making and video game programming, Jean Luc garnered attention and awards at a young age for his films and music videos, including Concurrence Loyale (Loyal Competition), which was bought by Canal Plus in 2009.He shot his first feature film in 2014, DEALER, which became the first French indie movie bought by Netflix. After a stint in Los Angeles, he moved back to Africa in 2017. In 2019 he created, directed and operated as showrunner for the TV series Sakho & Mangane, entirely filmed in Dakar, Senegal for Canal + Afrique.  Sakho and Mangane made history by becoming the first French language African TV series bought by Netflix.In 2019, he partnered with producer Pamela Diop in Dakar, Senegal and together they started LACME STUDIOS in order to create a stronghold for African filmmaking, starting with SALOUM, which Jean Luc wrote and directed in 2020. In 2021, Jean Luc and Pamela  partnered with filmmaker Hus Miller (Tableland Pictures) and went into production on the action/thriller ZER0, which he wrote and directed in the heart of Dakar and is now in post-production.Producer Pamela Diop was born in 1981 to a French mother who worked in advertising and a Senegalese father who was a journalist and documentary filmmaker. Pamela discovered the city of Dakar at the age of nineteen and fell in love with it, moving to the Senegalese capital in 2002. After a successful international career as a young business entrepreneur, she segued into the world of entertainment, working at Canal Plus and the advertising agency McCann, and also starting her first entertainment production company in Paris in 2012. She then earned a Master’s degree from INSEEC Paris in production management for Film and TelevisionShe co-founded LACME STUDIOS in 2019 in partnership with filmmaker Jean-Luc Herbulot to develop content for cinema and television. In 2020, she produced her first feature film SALOUM, which is premiering at TIFF in 2021. Pamela is the mother of three children and the president of A.W.A (African Woman Action), an association for the financial autonomy of women in Senegal, which works toward empowering and training women in the film industry.
LACME STUDIOSLACME STUDIOS is a Pan African film and television production company based in Dakar, Senegal that is creating a new standard for African cinema. Founded in 2019 by entrepreneur Pamela Diop and acclaimed filmmaker Jean Luc Herbulot, LACME STUDIOS is a stronghold for contemporary African filmmaking, working with an elite roster of creative African and international talent to develop and produce uniquely African stories with universal, global appeal.Their first feature film production, SALOUM, will world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival in the prestigious Midnight Madness section. In partnership with filmmaker Hus Miller of Tableland Pictures, they are currently in post-production on their second feature film, the American-Senegalese action thriller ZER0, shot in the heart of Dakar city. They currently have over ten films in development.More information at https://www.lacme.sn/

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