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Banel & Adama

Directed by Ramata-Toulaye Sy

Release: 2024
Runtime: 87
Country: Senegal, France, Mali, Qatar
Language: Pulaar with English subtitles

Banel and Adama are fiercely in love. The young married couple lives in a remote village in northern Senegal. For them, nothing else exists except each other. But for the rest of their tight-knit village, duty dictates that Adama soon accept the role of chief. The two lovers have their own plans… until something in the air changes. The rains do not come, the cattle begin to die, the men leave. The curse weighs on Adama's sense of duty, and the chasm between them drives Banel into a feverish, mystical chaos.

A rare debut feature that premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and Senegal's official submission to the 96th Academy Awards®, Banel & Adama is a lush and lyrical West African dreamscape, a tragic romance that soars to the heights of longing and descends deep into the realm of myth as it sets its protagonists' perfect everlasting love on a collision course with their community’s traditions.

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Color: Color


Venue City Date
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 1718942400June 21 - June 27, 2024
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) Berkeley 1726891200September 21 - September 26, 2024
ByTowne Cinema Ottawa 1718337600June 14 - June 20, 2024
Carbon Arc Cinema Halifax 1718337600June 14 - June 15, 2024
Cinema du Parc Montreal 1718337600June 14 - June 26, 2024
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1721275200July 18 - July 19, 2024
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit 1720152000July 5 - July 7, 2024
Film Forum New York 1717732800June 7 - June 27, 2024
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1718942400June 21 - June 27, 2024
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1718337600June 14 - June 23, 2024
Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1721102400July 16 - July 18, 2024
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1718337600June 14 - June 27, 2024
Lumiere Cinema Los Angeles 1719547200June 28 - July 4, 2024
Nitehawk Cinema Brooklyn 1723003200August 7, 2024
Philadelphia Film Society Philadelphia 1722052800July 27 - July 28, 2024
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1721361600July 19 - July 25, 2024
Sag Harbor Cinema Sag Harbor 1718942400June 21 - June 27, 2024
The Colonial Theatre Bethlehem 1721534400July 21 - July 24, 2024
VIFF Centre Vancouver 1717732800June 7 - June 13, 2024
Webster University Film Series St. Louis 1720756800July 12 - July 14, 2024