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Katarina Hedrén
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Tey (Today), 2012

Katarina Hedrén (Africiné)

Alain Gomis, filmmaker

L'Afrance, 2001

Andalucia, 2007

Durban 2012

Sometimes death announces its arrival - Tey (Today) by Alain Gomis (2012)
Durban International Film Festival 2012

While Alain Gomis's previous two feature films, L'Afrance (2001) and Andalucia (2007), unfold in Europe and deal with alienation and isolation in exile, "Tey" [Today, in Wolof], nominated for the Golden Bear for Best Film at this year's Berlinale, follows a Senegalese man in Dakar, during the last day of his life.

Everything is silent when Satché (beautifully and subtly portrayed by Saul Williams) wakes up at his mother's house, but as the morning progresses more and more people join the family for what is essentially Satché's wake. Beautiful words in his tribute, but also accusations, fill the room as the gathering, devastated by their imminent loss, pay tribute to the man everyone knows will die before the end of day.

Tey plays out as a promenade through Dakar, which starts out as a celebration in honour of the chosen one. During the course of the walk, which will take him home to his wife (Anisia Uzeyman) and children, Satché is confronted with different defining aspects of a life of which we know nothing.
An elusive meeting with a mistress (Aïssa Maïga). An argument among a group of frustrated friends. Violent street demonstrations under the war cry "Y'en a marre!" ("Enough is enough!") and a simulated ceremonial cleansing of Satché's soon-to-be dead body gently performed by an uncle (Jean Mendy). Each incident on his way reflects a fragment and an integral part of the irregular tapestry that seem to have constituted Satché's life, a returnee to a country that others are risking their lives to leave. Accompanying Satché on his walk is his trusted companion Sele, played by natural born actor Djolof Mbengue, who in a similar way has accompanied Alain Gomis throughout his career, playing leading roles in all his three features.

The only description more frightening for a film distributor hoping to make her money back than "slow", is "African slow". Luckily the brilliant and confident director Gomis does not care. In a painstakingly deliberate pace, only sporadically interrupted by eruptions of exaltation or rage, he invites us to share moments of harmony, fear and regret as well as Satché's determination to keep on walking and milking every remaining second of a life that was happy at times, disappointing at others, but never without meaning.

by Katarina Hedrén

"Review first published on Katarina's blog: In the Words of Katarina

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   liens films

Aujourd'hui (Tey) 2011
Alain Gomis

   liens artistes

Gomis Alain

Maïga Aïssa

Mbengue Djolof

Ndiaye Doss Thierno

Uzeyman Anisia

Williams Saul


19/07/2012 > 29/07/2012
festival |Afrique du Sud |
Festival international du Film de Durban (DIFF) 2012
33ème édition

projection |Sénégal |
Tey (Aujourd'hui) en avant-première, à Dakar
A 19h00. Le film d'Alain Gomis est projeté à l'Institut Français de Dakar.

projection |Sénégal |
Tey (Aujourd'hui) en avant-première, à Dakar
A 20h30. Le film d'Alain Gomis est projeté à l'Institut Français de Dakar.

   liens structures

Agora Films [France]
France | PARIS

Center for Creative Arts (CCA-UKZN)
Afrique du Sud | DURBAN

Sénégal | Dakar

Granit films
France | PARIS

   liens festivals

festival | Afrique du Sud | Durban

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