Banel e Adama

directed by Ramata-Toulaye Sy
France, Senegal, Mali | 2023 | 87 mins
Narrative Feature
World Premiere – Cannes Film Festival 2023 (In Competition)


Banel and Adama are fiercely in love. The young married couple lives in a remote village in northern Senegal. For them, nothing else exists. Yet their perfect everlasting love is on a collision course with their community’s customs. Because in this world, there is no room for passion, let alone chaos.


Director: Ramata-Toulaye Sy
Screenplay: Ramata-Toulaye Sy
Producers: Eric Névé, Maud Leclair, Margaux Juvenal
Cast: Mamadou Diallo, Khady Mane
Music: Bachar Mar-Khalife
Cinematography: Amine Berrada
Editing: Vincent Tricon
Production Design: Oumar Sall

Screening schedule

Saturday 01 July 17:00
Sputnik Kino
Hasenheide 54/5th, 10967 Berlin


Wolof with English subtitles


Narrative Feature

Festivals and Awards

Cannes Film Festival 2023 – In Competition

About the Director

Ramata-Toulaye Sy is a French film director and screenwriter. She is most noted for her 2021 short film Astel, which was the winner of the Share Her Journey award at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, and the SACD Award and a Special Jury Prize at the 2022 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Banel el Adama is her first feature film and premiered in Cannes a few weeks ago.