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Saloum (2022)

Opens on September 9

Director: Jean Luc Herbulot Run Time: 84 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Bruno Henry, Evelyne Ily Juhen, Mentor Ba, Roger Felmont Sallah, Yann Gael

Country: Senegal
Language: French, Wolof

About the film: 

International Premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. Shot down after fleeing a coup and extracting a drug lord from Guinea-Bissau, the legendary mercenaries known as the Bangui Hyenas – Chaka, Rafa and Midnight – must stash their stolen gold bounty, lay low long enough to repair and refuel their plane and escape back to Dakar, Senegal.

When they take refuge at a holiday camp in the coastal region of Sine-Saloum, they do their best to blend in with their secretive fellow guests, but it’s Chaka who happens to be hiding the darkest secret of them all.

“Freely mixes and marries the cinematic languages of spaghetti Westerns, samurai dramas and classic monster movies to tell an exciting and distinctly African story.”

—Richard Kuipers for Variety

About the filmmaker:

Jean Luc Herbulot was born in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo, and studied multimedia and film editing in Paris. He directed the short films Concurrence loyale (2009) and Stabat Mater (2011), and the music video for Medine’s “Blokk Identitaire.” His debut feature, Dealer (2014), premiered at the 2014 Fantasia International Film Festival, and his second feature, Saloum (2022), had its international premiere in the Midnight Madness section at TIFF in 2021 before going on to win an Audience Award at Vancouver and Best Director in the Next Wave section at Fantastic Fest. Herbulot also created, wrote, and co-directed the series Sakho & Mangane (2020), which was shot in Dakar.

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