SU 13 NOV
by Jean Luc Herbulot
Senegal 2021 I Feature film I OmeU I 84 min
In 2003, amid the chaos of a military coup in Guinea-Bissau, three notorious mercenaries, locally known as the “Bangui Hyenas,” make off by plane with a Mexican drug lord and his gold bars.
But on the way to Dakar, their plane crashes, forcing them to make an emergency landing in a remote region of Senegal, in the middle of the Saloum Delta. The men pose as ordinary travelers and end up staying at a shabby coastal resort run by the suspiciously magnanimous Omar, who entrusts his guests with farming duties in the area instead of charging rent.
The guests are somewhat bizarre: in addition to a police captain, the mysterious Awa lives there, who can neither hear nor speak, but seems to know more about the past of the “Bangui Hyenas” than they would like.
Quarrels break out in the group, but soon they are confronted with an inexplicable power that has apparently been lurking in the cursed land for ages. It quickly becomes clear to the “Banguie Hyenas” that they will only get out of this alive if they stick together.
With Saloum, Jean Luc Herbulot has succeeded in creating a work that defies any genre categorization, oscillating between the genres of action, mystery thriller and Italo-Western. Saloum celebrated its world premiere in the section “Midnight Madness” at the Toronto International Film Festival 2021.