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Umbo and Samuel

Switzerland, 1995 (MIFF 1995, Fiction)

Director: Olivier Sillig

Set in Senegal, Umbo and Samuel is a modern fable about a small white African boy who has been taken hostage and finds himself in a cell with Umbo, a Wolof tribesman. To escape they must first communicate.

Sillig shows an assuredness as a director with his claustrophobic camera work, and through the subtlety and nuance of characteri­sation that save the film from mawkishness and sentimentality .

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