Ladji Nyé (Wùlu)

Applicant: La Chauve-souris (France)
Location: Mali, Senegal, France
Duration: 18 months
Amount of the grant: 498 000 €
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“Ladji Nyé” (renamed "Wùlu) is the first full-length feature film by the young Malian filmmaker Daouda Coulibaly. It is a political thriller offering a modern and up-to-date vision of Malian society. The project hinges on the production of the film, technical training activities and the development of a screening network in West Africa. 


Bamako, Mali, 2007. Ladji, a 20 year old man, works hard as a prantiké (bus driver) to get out his older sister, Aminata, from prostitution.As he doesn’t get the promotion he was expecting, he decides to contact Driss, a drug dealer who owes him a favour. Assisted by his two mischievous friends Houphouet and Zol, Ladji carries kilos of cocaine from Conakry to Bamako. His rapid rise to the top of the drug trafficking underworld, gives him easy access to money, women and a life that he had never dreamt of. But the price to pay is high.

Read the interview with Daouda Coulibaly, realised by ACPCultures+.

Read the interview with Eric Névé, the producer of the film.

Watch the trailer here.


June 2015: shooting of the film in Senegal and Mali.

The movie got its world premiere at the International Film Festival of Angoulême in August 2016 and has been presented in Toronto, Amiens (where he wins the Public Award), AFI Film Festival (Los Angeles),  Joburg Film Festival, Cinemania (Canada), Forum des Images, FESPACO 2017 (Best Actor Award), among many others festivals.

 WÙLU won the Francophone Award for feature-length fiction at Yaoundé in December 2017.

Photo gallery of the shooting in June 2015.

Ladji Nyé, photo de tournage

Ladji Nyé, photo de tournage

The film has been selected i more than 85 film festivals (October 2017):

Festival du film francophone d'Angoulême, TIFF - Discovery, Hamburg IFF, Reykjavik International Film Festival, Namur IFF, BFI London Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival, CPH - PIX, Joburg, Festival Cinémania, Festival de Tübingen, Film Africa festival, AFI Fest, Amiens International Film Festival, GOA International Film Festival of India , Marrakech IFF, Dubai IFF, Noir in Festival (Milan), Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Francophone, Tiger Friends Night, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Sommet Afrique-France, Göteborg Film Festival, Rotterdam IFF, Portland IFF, Pan African Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival, Dublin International Film Festival, Providence French Film Festival, FESPACO, Alliance Française French Film Festival, New African Film Festival, FIFDH, New Directors/New Films (festival à New-York très reconnu par la profession), WOW Film Festival, Semaine du Cinéma Francophone à Los Angeles, Festival de Beaune, Festival du Film Français à Stockholm, IFF Panama, Institut Français de Madagscar, Istanbul Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Minneapolis St. Paul IFF, MOOOV Film Festival, Festival de Cinéma Africain de Tarifa, Festival de cine Africano, Institut Français de Côte d'Ivoire, Institut Français du Cameroun - Antenne Yaoundé, Institut Français du Cameroun - Antenne Douala, Institut Français du Senegal, International Film Festival of Liège, Seattle International Film Festival, Cinénomada, Cinémathèque québécoise de Montréal, Festival Africain de Verone, Roffa Mon Amour, Summer film series, NZIFF, New Zealand Film Festival, World Cinema Amsterdam, Festival Cinéma d'Afrique, Institut Français du Gabon, Leiden FF, Festival de cinéma africain de Khouribga, Sciacca, Afrika Film Festival, FilmInitiativ Koeln, Institut Français Bobo Dioulasso, Afrikanisch filmtage, Vermont international FF, Cinémafrica, Franska Filmfestivalen, Africa Motion Film Festival, AFRIFF, Lagos Film Festival, Institut Français du Burkina Faso, Scottsdale Internationale Film Festival, Augen Blicke Afrika Film Festival / HAMBURG, Films from the South Festival / Oslo, Afrika Eye Film Festival, Afrikamera, Filmweek Saarbrucken and Hamburg, Cairo International Film Festival, BFI, Festiwal Afrykamera.

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