• TGV
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1998
Format : Feature
Running time : 90 (in minutes)

TGV is an express bus service, driven by Rambo, between Dakar (Senegal) and Conakry (Guinea). Before setting off, Rambo and his passengers are warned of the danger : the Bassari have revolted on the Guinea border. On hearing the news, only a dozen or so passengers decide to make the risky trip with Rambo and Demba, his assistant. A dismissed government minister, his wife, then Roger and Sylvia join the group. In the dangerous and unexpected events, each personality comes to the fore and relationships form.

A multicolored bus affectionately nicknamed "TGV" by its driver connects Conakry to Dakar. As for the driver, he calls himself Rambo, a character that shares his courage and his determination. Beside these qualities, he knows how to lend an ear to his passengers' complaints without succumbing to threats, be they issued by fetish priests or men of power. Supported by women and young passengers, he is as good as keeping his jalopy on the road as he is in promoting democracy inside of it.

A film by Moussa TOURÉ

Senegal / France, 1998, fiction, 1h30

starring Oumar Diop Makéna, Bernard Giraudeau, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Al Hamdou Traoré, Joséphine Zambo, Omar Seck

Comment (FIFF 2009)
This delightful adventure is also a satirical comedy and a fable that reflects the situation ofWestern Africa in 1997, the year in which the film was shot - on the necessity of keeping the bus rolling (democracy?) despite the hindrances inevitably set on its path by the holders of traditional authority and the corrupt agents of modern power. Moussa Touré brings us a range of delectable portraits and peppers his tale with a few tasty anecdotes while the filmcruises towards its final destination to the tunes of Wasis Diop.

Language of the o.v.: wolof, french
Year of production: 1997
Country of production: Senegal
Running time: 90min.
Format: 35 mm

Producer: Jean-François Lepetit

Director: Moussa Touré
Scenario: Moussa Touré, Alain Choquart, Catherine D'Hoir, Th. Delor
Images: Alain Choquart
Sound: Dominique Levert
Music: Wasis Diop
Editing: Josie Milievic

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World Sales
Pyramide International

Distribution (France) : Swift
Distribution (African Continent) : Les Films du Crocodile (Moussa Touré), Senegal
Distribution (Switzerland) : Trigon-film

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2009 | FIFF |
* Special screenings - Atelier professionnel: L'éléphant a-t-il encore des couilles ?

2000 | CinemAfrica Festival | Sweden
* Jury Award

1999 | Festival de Milan | Italy
* Audience Award

1998 | Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur | NAMUR, Belgium
* Jury Special Prize (Prix spécial du jury)
* ACCT Award for Best Film (Prix de l'ACCT du meilleur film)
* ACCT Award for Best Actor (Prix de l'ACCT du meilleur comédien), to Oumar DIOP Makéna
* Mention of ACCT Award for Best Actress (Prix de l'ACCT de la meilleure comédienne, mention), to Josephine Zambo



Ein buntscheckiger Autobus verkehrt zwischen Conakry und Dakar. Sein Chauffeur gab ihm den Übernamen TGV und lässt sich selber Rambo nennen, nach demFilmhelden, dessenMut undWillenskraft er hat. Zudemversteht er es, den Klagen seiner Passagiere zuzuhören, ohne sich Drohungen zu beugen, ob diese nun von Féticheurs oder von Machthabern ausgestossen werden. Von Frauen und Jugendlichen unterstützt, weiss er sein Fahrzeug ebenso gut wie die Demokratie im Innern vorwärtszubringen.

ein film von Moussa TOURÉ

Senegal / Frankreich, 1998, fiction, 1h30

mit Oumar Diop Makéna, Bernard Giraudeau, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Al Hamdou Traoré, Joséphine Zambo, Omar Seck

Kommentar (FIFF 2009)
Dieses köstliche Abenteuer ist eine satirische Komödie und eine Fabel über die Situation Westafrikas im Jahr 1997. Er erzählt über die Notwendigkeit, den Autobus (die Demokratie?) trotz der Hürden vorwärtszubringen, die ihm sowohl von den Inhabern der traditionellen Macht, wie auch durch die von der modernen Macht Korrumpierten in den Weg gestellt werden. Moussa Touré entwirft einige ergötzliche Porträts und erzählt ein paar Anekdoten, während sich der Film im Rhythmus der Musik von Wasis Diop seinem Ziel nähert.

Regisseur: Moussa Touré
Drehbuch: Moussa Touré, Alain Choquart, Catherine D'Hoir, Th. Delor
Montage: Josie Milievic
Kamera: Alain Choquart
Ton: Dominique Levert
Musik: Wasis Diop

Darsteller: Makéna Diop, Bernard Giraudeau, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Al Hamdou Traoré

Produktionsfirma & Rechte
Jean-François Lepetit

Sprache der Originalversion: wolof, fr.
Produktionsjahr 1997
Produktionsland Senegal
Spielzeit 90min.
Format 35 mm

Dell'Anno Regula
Limmatauweg 9
5408 Ennetbaden, Schweiz
tél. 056 430 12 38
fax 056 430 12 31


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