Simon Coulibaly Gillard
Aya
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Aya

Aya

Simon Coulibaly Gillard

2021
90 min.
Belgium and France
French
Subtitles: Catalan and English

The coming-of-age story of Aya, a girl from the island of Lahou who lives with her mother near a sea that keeps rising and eats away at her land.

Datasheet

Show
Direction
Simon Coulibaly Gillard
Executive Production
Kidam
Sound
Simon Coulibary Gillard
Distribution
Michigan Films
Production
Sébastien Andres, Alice Lemaire & François-Pierre Clavel
Co-production
RTBF - Radio Télévision Belge Francophone, Shelter, Dérives
Script
Simon Coulibary Gillard
Colorgrading
Reda Berbar
Sound editing
Chément Chauvelle
Synopsis

On the island of Lahou in the Ivory Coast, Aya and her mother are victims of global warming caused by the northern countries. The sea level is slowly rising, pushing the island's inhabitants out of their land. All that remains on the island is a village, a few fishing boats and a cemetery, doomed to disappear under water. A universal story with a magnetic and spirited protagonist, Aya's coming-of-age story and her first love are filmed with unforgettable beauty. A hybrid between reality and fiction that condemns the effects of climate change.

About the direction
Simon Coulibaly Gillard

Simon Coulibaly Gillard

Director

Born in Bulgaria, Simon Gillard grew up in Brittany. After studying mechanical engineering, he did a...

Awards and festivals

L'ACID Cannes
France, 2021
Festival dei Popoli
Italy, 2021
Watch Docs International Film Festival
Poland, 2021
Olympia International Children Film Festival
Greece, 2021
Simon Coulibaly Gillard
Aya
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Reviews

Simon Coulibaly Gillard's firts feature film, convinces with Aya's contagious vitality and the beauty of the image and the ocean wind. An ocean as versatile as it's loquacious, which seems to murmur in the ear of its inhabitants. A demiurge ocean, which is responsible for rewriting its destiny. A formal beauty, when we know that the film was shot with a very small team, something we never guessed on the screen.

— Aurore Engelen, Cineuropa
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