Banel & Adama

Palme d’Or
Cannes Film Festival
Golden Camera
Cannes Film Festival
Unequivocally beautiful. Sy paints breathtaking scenes with her camera, demonstrating a gorgeous way of seeing the world.


Banel & Adama

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.

“A striking debut that puts Sy on the map. The combination of ethereal voiceover with nature at its most breathtaking evokes our cinema’s philosophical high priest, Terrence Malick.” – Sophie Monks Kaufman, Indiewire

"Transfixing... a tragic, evocative love story.” – Robert Daniels, OkayAfrica
Not Rated
Drama, Women and Film
Pular, Peul
Ramata-Toulaye Sy
Ramata-Toulaye Sy
Khady Mane, Mamadou Diallo
Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Golden Camera, Cannes Film Festival

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