With a cast that includes Binda Ngazolo and Nina Melo, the film tells the story of an old wise man who is entrusted with curing a young girl struck by amnesia. He takes her on a healing trip to Ouagadougou by way of the Cape, Berlin, Mali and Belgium. In their travels, which are full of surprises, they meet a variety of characters described as remarkable and luminous, or ignorant, with set ideas, as well as some fantastical creatures, and a text hidden deep in a continent that reveals a well kept secret.
The project received a €350,000 advance on receipts from the French National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC) last year – or about $430,000.
Principal photography began on June 4, last year, with negotiations ongoing at the time for distribution in France and other international markets.
Some may be familiar with Kouyate’s past work – specifically the visually enthralling Sia, The Dream Of The Python, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2001 FESPACO event.
It received a limited theatrical release in the USA in 2002, and was met with mostly positive reviews from critics.
It was eventually released on DVD in 2007 as a double-feature with another Burkinabé film, Tasuma, The Fighter. You can find the disk on DVD on Netflix, but not streaming. It’s worth a look though.
He is also the son of one of the first Burkinabé actors, the late Sotigui Kouyaté
Soleils is a film on my Cannes 2013 predictions list, where I’m anticipating it’ll debut, this year. But we’ll be watching for it.
I discovered a fundraising trailer for the film online, narrated by actress Nina Melo, which is also, thankfully, subtitled.
It’s embedded below: