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543 Ratings

Brightness

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Directed by Souleymane Cissé
Mali, Burkina Faso, 1987
Drama, Fantasy
      Bambara
      English

Synopsis

A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Our take

Brightness is Souleymane Cissé’s masterpiece—and one of the few films the Malian director has made. An epic tale of myth and magic—yet also a profound present-day political allegory—realized both ingeniously and poetically, and the winner of the Jury Prize in Cannes in 1987.

Synopsis

A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

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BrightnessDirected bySouleymane Cissé
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Awards & Festivals

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Cannes Film Festival
1987 | Winner: Jury Prize
1987 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Independent Spirit Awards
1989 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

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