Netflix have released the first trailer for Mati Diop‘s “Atlantics.” The film won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film also competed at the festival for the Palme d’Or and Golden Camera awards. “Atlantics” was selected as Senegal’s official Oscars submission for Best International Feature.
After a group of unpaid construction workers disappears at sea one night in search of a better life abroad, the women they have left behind in Dakar are overwhelmed with a mysterious fever. Ada, 17, secretly grieves for her love Souleiman, one of the departed workers, but she has been promised to another man. After a fire breaks out on her wedding night, a young policeman is sent to investigate the crime. Little does he know that the aggrieved workers have come back as haunting, possessive spirits. While many of them seek vengeance for their unpaid labor, Souleiman has come back for a different purpose – to be with his Ada one last time.
Not only is “Atlantics” Diop’s feature directorial debut, but her film is the first directed by an African-American woman to compete for the Palme d’Or. It stars Mame Bineta Sane as Ada, in her first performance in a film.
“Atlantics” has screened at Toronto International Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival and London Film Festival. It recently premiered at New York Film Festival, where Award Circuit’s own Joey Magidson reviewed the film, saying the film is ambitious and “an alluringly mysterious story, one that rewards patience.”
“Atlantics” is produced by Cinekap, Frakas Productions and Les Films du Bal. Netflix will distribute the film theatrically, first on a limited release November 15 ahead of releasing on streaming November 29.