Mati Diop

Mati Diop


I chose not to treat immigration as a subject but as an individual and sensitive experience, as a kind of time travel.    


Mati Diop, 22 June 1982, works and lives in Paris as a director and an actress. She studied in the Advanced Degree Program at Le Fresnoy (National Studio of contempory Arts) and le Pavillon (Art residency of Palais de Tokyo), and has directed four short films : LAST NIGHT (2004), BIG IN VIETNAM (2012) selected in the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films at Rotterdam Film Festival; SNOW CANON (2011) in competition at Venice Film Festival- Orizzonti; ATLANTIQUES (2009) awarded of Tiger for short film at Rotterdam Film Festival and selected in many international festivals like New York Film Festival, Toronto or IndieLisboa. In 2013 she presented A THOUSAND SUNS, a tribute to the filmmaker Djibril DIOP Mambéty, her uncle.

She also works as an actress. She was the leading role in Claire Denis' film 35 RHUMS (2009), and worked as wekk on FORT BUCHANAN, L FOR LEISURE and SIMON KILLER. She has also directed several videos: ILE ARTIFICIEL-EXPEDITION, selected as part of the Festival Cinema du Réel and also featured in group exhibitions at le Pavillon, Louis Vuitton Centre, Cultural Center of Delhi, as well as THE PARTY, featured in a group show at Palais de Tokyo.

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