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A transcontinental drama that delves into the shadowy world of undocumented travel, the debut feature from Senegalese filmmaker Dyana Gaye charts the interconnected destinies of three far-flung sojourners.
Under the skies of three cities — Turin, New
York, and Dakar — Dyana Gaye charts the
accidental intersections of characters in
transit. Plans are derailed, happenstance
meetings change courses, and destinies
intertwine. Sophie (Marème Demba Ly),
a young Senegalese bride, follows her
husband, Abdoulaye (Souleymane Seye
N'Diaye), from Dakar to Turin, where he
has travelled without papers to look for
work. Meanwhile, Abdoulaye has already
has left for New York, lured by his cousin,
Serigne (Babacar M'Baye Fall), and a promise
of better opportunities. Abdoulaye's
one contact in New York, Sophie's aunt,
is en route to Dakar with her son, Thierno
(Ralph Amoussou), to bury the husband
she left twenty years earlier.
Quietly dramatic, Under the Starry Sky
captures with masterful exactitude the
anxieties one can suffer while experiencing
far-flung geographies and cultures.
Accentuating the shadowy world of undocumented
travel, the film unravels like a
cinematic scroll of the mysterious grand
design that draws people together, in empathy
and antipathy, as they fight to shape their
lives and pursue their aspirations.
Gaye's tapestry of stories and characters,
linked and yet stretched across time zones, is a gorgeously orchestrated meditation on
being out of one's element and negotiating a
place for oneself in this world, knowing that
life is itself merely a passage.
- Dyana Gaye
- Dyana Gaye is a Franco-Senegalese
filmmaker who graduated with a
master's degree in film studies from
the University of Paris 8. She directed
the short films Une femme pour
Souleymane (01); J'ai deux amours
(05); Ousmane (06); and Saint
Louis Blues (09), which played at the
Festival. Under the Starry Sky (13) is
her feature film debut.