In Senegal’s bustling capital, Dakar, two lovers sneak private moments with the urgency of youthful desire. Their time is limited, as Ada is soon to be wed to a wealthy but frivolous man. Meanwhile, Souleiman is forced to leave land for the sea to find a better life. Ada is haunted by his memory, and then, perhaps more.
Directed by Mati Diop
Mati Diop is a Paris-born actor and director. She has directed the short films Atlantiques (2009); Snow Canon (2011); Big in Vietnam (2012) and A Thousand Suns (2013), and Liberian Boy (2015). Atlantics is her feature debut and was awarded the Jury Grand Prize at the 2019 Cannes Competition, making her the first Black woman to win the award in Cannes Film Festival history.