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Under the Starry Sky

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France | 2013 | 86 minutes | Dyana Gaye

Through three emotionally charged storylines, taking viewers from Senegal to Italy to America and back again, the destinies of three far-flung sojourners connect in this transcontinental drama in this richly realized examination of the African diaspora and the often fractal nature of contemporary emigration.

June 5, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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June 6, 2014
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Under the Starry Sky, Senegalese director Dyana Gaye's debut narrative feature, is a richly realized examination of the African diaspora and the often fractal nature of contemporary emigration. This multi-country mosaic follows the experiences of African immigrants in various cultural contexts. Young Sophie travels from Dakar, Senegal to Turin, Italy to join her husband Abdoulaye, only to find he is long gone and she that she must fend for herself. Abdoulaye, meanwhile, has followed a job opportunity to New York City, hoping to stay with Sophie's aunt. Unfortunately, the aunt is currently out of the country with her 19-year-old son, journeying to Dakar to introduce him to his African heritage for the first time and to take care of some unfinished personal business. Through the interconnected, emotionally charged storylines, Gaye succeeds in displaying the underexplored immigrant experience in the three cultural areas. Each character's journey is an emotional thread ultimately revealing the broader tapestry of searching for a place to call home with equal parts disillusionment, isolation, and hope.

Director Biography

The French/Senegalese filmmaker was born in Paris and graduated from the University of Paris VIII - Saint Denis with a Master of Film Studies. In 1999, her screenplay "Une Femme Pour Soulemane" won the prestigious Scholarship Louis Lumière - Villa Medicis Hors les murs. The movie would go on to win awards at many festivals around the world. She's worked as a programmer for the Agency for the Independent Film Distribution for a few years making a few short films including Dewneti in 2008. Deweneti won several awards and was nominated for The Ceasar for short film. Under the Starry Sky played at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the Jury Award for Best French Film at the Angers First Film Festival.

Sponsored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Delta Air Lines, African Studies Program in the Jackson School of International Studies

Director: Dyana Gaye
Principal Cast: Marème Demba Ly, Ralph Amoussou, Souleymane Seye N’Diaye, Maya Sansa, Babacar M’Baye Fall
Country: France, Senegal
Year: 2013
Running Time: 86 minutes
Producer: Arnaud Dommerc, Jean-Baptiste Legrand
Screenplay: Dyana Gaye, Cécile Vargaftig
Cinematographers: Irina Lubtchansky
Editors: Gwen Mallauran
Music: Baptiste Bouquin
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Angers European Film Festival 2014 (Jury Award, Audience Award)
Filmography: Un transport en commun (2009), Paris la métisse (2005)
Language: French, English, Italian, Wolof
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Format: DCP
International Sales: Films Distribution
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