Senegalese director Alain Gomis’ 3rd feature film titled Aujourd’hui (or Today in English), just had its world premiere in competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.
The film, which stars Saul Williams and Aissa Maiga, follows a man named Satche (played by Williams) during the last 24 hours of his life.
Gomis states, “It’s the kind of tale that takes place in an imaginary society in which death comes looking for someone. The film starts when he opens his eyes and ends when they close,” said the director of the critically-acclaimed L’Afrance (2001) and Andalucia (2008).
Saul Williams, who most will likely recall from his work on the 1998 film Slam (as both writer and star), last appeared as himself in a series of documentaries – most recently Nelson George’s soon-to-be released paean to the city he loves, Brooklyn Boheme.
On Aujourd’hui, Williams adds, “The film is not set in Dakar, we never say where it is taking place… [Satche is a] man of great intelligence, with little ambition who is not interested in the American dream and returns to his country after 15 years in the United States, to the unpleasant surprise of his family.“
The film, produced by Senegalese company Cinekap, and financed mostly with French funds, co-stars the absolutely lovely and talented Aissa Maiga (who you may recall, also co-stars in Phillip Niang’s Toussaint L’Ouverture movie), Djolof Mbengue, and Doss Thierno Ndiaye.
No trailer or clips still yet; but here’s the entire press conference featuring the film’s key cast and crew after its Berlin premiere; there’s a lot of good stuff here that gives us a much better idea of what to expect from the work (underneath at some pics I shared in a previous post):