With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop Mambéty paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s. In this French New Wave–influenced fantasy-drama, two young lovers long to leave Dakar for the glamour and comforts of France, but their escape plan is beset by complications both concrete and mystical. Characterized by dazzling imagery and music, the alternately manic and meditative Touki bouki is widely considered one of the most important African films ever made.

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Films at The Music Hall:

Friday, March 22 • 7pm • Historic Theater
Directed by Dario Argento. Italy, 1977, 97′, English dubbed version
Restored in 2017 by Synapse Films, distributed in the US by Criterion Pictures.
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La fortuna di essere donna (Lucky to Be a Woman)
Saturday, March 23 • 4pm • Historic Theater
Restored and distributed by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, with permission from Movietime
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Divorzio all’italiana (Divorce Italian Style)
Saturday, March 23 • 7pm • Historic Theater
Directed by Pietro Germi, Italy, 1961, 105′, Italian version with English subtitles
Restored in 2018 by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory from the original negative. With permission from Janus Films.
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Touki Bouki
Sunday, March 24 • 1pm • Loft
Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty, Senegal, 1973, 88′, Wolof version with English subtitles
Restored in 2008 by World Cinema Project of The Film Foundation at Cineteca di Bologna’s L’immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in May 2008. Distributed in the US by Janus Films
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About Il Cinema Ritrovato 

Each summer, the Cineteca of Bologna, one of Europe’s most renowned centers for film restoration—seat of the Charlie Chaplin and Pier Paolo Pasolini archives—presents a nine-day film festival featuring restored films, early silent cinema, and director portraits. During the festival, titled Il Cinema Ritrovato (Rediscovered Cinema), more than 500 titles are presented in six cinemas and on a giant screen at a free outdoor screening in the fifteenth century Piazza Maggiore, in Bologna, which turns into a 2,000-seat open-air movie theater for the entire summer (Sotto le Stelle del Cinema). Il Cinema Ritrovato has been defined as “pure heaven for cinéphiles.” The 33rd edition will take place in Bologna June 22-30, 2019.

This year, The Music Hall is partnering with UNH to bring a number of films from Il Cinema Ritrovato to New Hampshire for the first time. Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour!

Running Time: Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty • 1h 28m • Senegal • Subtitled

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