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Timbuktu ()


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A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly... See more »

Awards:
  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 28 wins & 19 nominations.
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Cast

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Kidane (as Ibrahim Ahmed dit Pino)
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Abdelkerim
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Satima
Layla Walet Mohamed ...
Toya
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Issan
Hichem Yacoubi ...
Djihadiste
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Zabou
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La chanteuse
Adel Mahmoud Cherif ...
L'Imam
Salem Dendou ...
Le chef djihadiste
Mamby Kamissoko ...
Djihadiste
Yoro Diakité ...
Djihadiste
Cheik A.G. Emakni ...
Omar
Zikra Oualet Moussa ...
Tina
Weli Cleib ...
Juge
Djié Sidi ...
Juge
Damien Ndjie ...
Abu Jaafar

Directed by

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Abderrahmane Sissako

Written by

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Abderrahmane Sissako ... (screenplay) &
Kessen Tall ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Rémi Burah ... co-producer
Etienne Comar ... producer
Sylvie Pialat ... producer
Olivier Père ... co-producer
Benoît Quainon ... executive producer
Gilles Sitbon ... associate producer

Music by

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Amin Bouhafa

Cinematography by

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Sofian El Fani ... (as Sofiane El Fani)

Film Editing by

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Nadia Ben Rachid

Editorial Department

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Toufik Ayadi ... post-production supervisor
Christophe Bousquet ... colorist
Nicolas Sburlati ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Elisabeth Guthmann

Production Design by

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Sébastien Birchler ... (as Sebastian Birchler)

Costume Design by

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Ami Sow

Production Management

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Laziz Belkai ... production manager
Philippe Gautier ... production manager
Sekou Traoré ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mamadou Diallo ... second assistant director
Demba Dieye ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Jean-Jacques Derneville ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Olivier Busson ... boom operator
Romain Cadilhac ... boom operator
Julien Chabbert ... sound mix technician
Thierry Delor ... re-recording mixer
Roman Dymny ... supervising sound editor
Dominique Gaborieau ... sound recordist
Francis Gauthier ... mixed by: recorded by
Adrien Hortebiz ... assistant mixer
Philippe Welsh ... production sound mixer

Visual Effects by

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Stephane Bidault ... visual effects supervisor
Mathieu Jussreandot ... visual effects artist
Audrey Planchard ... visual effects coordinator
Alexandre Ribeiro ... digital compositor
Matthias Weber ... visual effects producer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bertrand Etienne ... first assistant camera
Amine Messadi ... camera operator
Pape Sarr ... gaffer

Music Department

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Guillaume Barraud ... musician: bansuri
Amin Bouhafa ... piano, clarinet, programmed by (as Amine Bouhafa)
Salima Bouhafa ... executive producer
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra ... orchestra
Adel De Saint Denis ... mastered by
François Gauthier ... music mixer
Bachir Gharbi ... oud
Nasreddine Haddad ... recorded by
Richard Hein ... conductor
Saifeddine Helal ... percussion
Jan Holzner ... orchestra recording engineer / recorded by / recording engineer
Sahbi Karoui ... music consultant / music coordinator
Fabien Mornet ... guitar
Josef Pokulda ... contractor
Bahadir Sagbas ... recorded by
Sekou Sah ... recorded by
Ballaké Sissoko ... musician: kora
Mátyás Szandai ... double bass
Ertan Tekin ... duduk
Badgé Tounkara ... n'goni strings

Other crew

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Alejandro Arenas ... production coordinator / production secretary
Olivia Bruynoghe ... script supervisor
Thierry Desjours ... Financial manager: Arches Films
Bernard Eisenschitz ... translator
Mohamed Mahmoud ... military adviser
Khady Sissako ... caterer
Sara Vahabi ... Publicity consultant

Thanks

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Rafaele Garcia ... thanks
Elia Suleiman ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As
  • Le chagrin des oiseaux (France)
  • Тимбукту (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Timbuktú (Mexico)
  • Timbuktú (Venezuela)
  • Тiмбукту (Ukraine)
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Runtime
  • 97 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $7,179,391

Did You Know?

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Trivia In 2015 Timbuktu became the first film shot in Mauritania by a Mauritanian director to win at the Cesar film awards. It won seven awards out of its eight nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Music and Best Sound, thus setting the record for being the African film with the most awards ever. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Oscars (2015). See more »
Soundtracks Shooting The Statues See more »
Quotes Omar: Satima?
Satima: I'm listening.
Omar: I'm Abdelkarim's driver. I have a message from him: "He can't do anything to help. It's over".
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