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L'Appel des arènes

Wrestling Grounds

Cheikh Ndiaye

Senegal/Morocco/France 2005

14.02. 18:45 CineStar 8 (Eng. subtitles)
15.02. 15:30 CinemaxX 3 (Eng. subtitles)
16.02. 12:30 Arsenal 1 (Ger. subtitles)
18.02. 21:15 CineStar 8 (Ger. subtitles)

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Seventeen-year-old Nalla comes from a well-to-do family in Dakar, Senegal. One evening, a group of rowdies attacks him. The auto mechanic André happens to witness the incident and comes to Nalla's aid. The two become friends. Some time later, Nalla accompanies André to wrestling practise, where he catches a glimpse of the mystical world of this sport. Against his parents’ will, Nalla takes on an important function in the opening match of the new season. Sory is 25 and suffers from epileptic attacks. He is unemployed and survives as a petty crook. In a desperate situation, he joins a group of criminals who earn money by selling black-market tickets in front of the wrestling arena and by betting. Sory thus encounters the Mafia-run side of wrestling. "The protagonists Nalla and Sory provide the viewer with a glimpse of the various facets of life in the big city of Dakar. The two young men approach the wrestling arenas in different ways: Sory remains more on the margins. In contrast, Nalla's friendship with the two wrestlers André and Malaw gives him direct access to the matches and their inner workings. With Sory we discover the environs of the arenas, Dakar's nightlife, and the harshness of everyday life there." Cheikh Ndiaye


Production + World Sales: Sira Badral

Producer: Cheikh Ndiaye

Screenplay: Cheikh Ndiaye, based on the novel of the same name by Aminata Sow Fall Kamera: Nasr Djépa

Sound: Guillaume Valeix

Editor: Sylvie Adnin

Cast: Abdoul Aziz Ndiaye, Ibrahima Mbaye, Moustapha Gueye, Mohamed Ndao

Format, screen ratio: 35mm, 1:1.85, Farbe

Running time: 105 minutes, 25 frames/sec.

Languages: Wolof, French