WULU Trailer from ArtMattan Films on Vimeo.
Shot for a good deal of the time using hand-held cameras, WÙLU is an African thriller that has an urgency and a vibrancy most Western made films lack.
Ladji, (a beautifully understated Ibrahim Koma), is the young man who, after losing his job on the cross-border taxis, takes up smuggling cocaine with lucrative if highly dangerous results.
A social commentary about the impact of corruption on intelligent, hard working African youths looking to improve their standard of living at home.
Official Selection TIFF 2016.
Directed by Daouda Coulibaly, 2016, France/Mali, 95min, crime drama, French w/ English subtitles
"In Wùlu, Malian cinema has found a promising and intriguing new voice." ~ Pamela Pianezza, Variety
"The film's foretold but very understated ending, which keeps a key moment offscreen to devastating effect, again confirms that Coulibaly is a talent to watch." ~ Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
"Coulibaly's Wùlu is a well-acted, fast moving, episodic depiction of some of the issues in contemporary Africa." ~ Alexa Dalby, Dog and Wolf
"A rags-to-riches crime saga like you won't see anywhere else." ~ Brent McKnight, The Last Thing I See