Malian filmmaker, Souleymane Cisse will receive the Carrosse d’Or award of the French directors guild La Societe des Realisateurs (SRF) on 17 May 2023 in Cannes, the society of Film Directors announced this week.
The Carrosse d’Or, awarded annually since 2002, celebrates filmmakers for “the innovative qualities of their work, their boldness, the thoroughness of their direction and production.” In the past, the Carrosse d’Or has been awarded to Jacques Rozier, Clint Eastwood, Frederick Wiseman, Alain Cavalier, Naomi Kawase and other directors.
82-year-old Cisse has twice been selected in competition at Cannes, in 1987 with Yeelen, winning the Jury Prize to boot, and in 1995 with Waati, said Cineuropa.
The SRF board said in a press release “Your courage, so remarkable if we think about the dictatorial political climate in which you directed your first three feature films, Den Muso, Baara and Finye, fills us with admiration.”
“While speaking out about oppression of poor people, women and dissidents, and confronting the yoke of conservatism in all its forms- religious, economic and patriarchal – you have nonetheless always refrained from using ideology to make art and have embraced with infinite grace the nauces and contradiction of human nature in order to express values which travels through space and time.”
Cisse is a Malian film director, regarded as one of the first generation of African filmmakers. He has been described as “Africa’s greatest living filmmaker, and his film Yeelen has been called “conceivably the greatest African film ever made.”