(Jean Luc Herbulot, Senegal 2021, 84 min., DCP)
An action-horror hybrid from Senegal, Saloum is director Jean Luc Herbulot’s second feature film. The action begins during the 2003 coup d’état in Guinea-Bissau, as a trio of mercenaries known as Bangui’s Hyenas extract a drug dealer—along with his gold and drugs. As the four make their way toward Dakar, their plane goes down just outside of the coastal river region of the Sine-Saloum Delta. As they spend time in a rural hotel waiting for fuel and resin to repair their plane, it becomes clear that not only does the village have a secret, but their leader does as well. Filled with style and bearing the marks of influences from Predator to From Dusk Till Dawn, this lean, propulsive film will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.
Presented in cooperation with our community sponsor, Anomaly Film Festival (fourth edition is screening November 3–6).