Timbuktu (Le chagrin des oiseaux)

(Part of our ‘French Language Cinema Season‘ at the Institut français d’Écosse.)

A cattle herder and his family find their peaceful lives turned upside down by the new laws imposed by militant Islamist rebels.

Winner of 7 César Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay. Nominated for the Palme d’Or and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards, 2015

Timbuktu interweaves the stories of residents of the ancient Malian city…building a portrait of daily life full of empathy and humanity.” (The Guardian)

“In the hands of a master, indignation and tragedy can be rendered with clarity yet subtlety, setting hysteria aside for deeper, more richly shaded tones. Director Abderrahmane Sissako is just such a master.” (Variety)

Venue: Institut français d’Écosse This Screening is administered by Institut français d’Ecosse