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Mati Diop

The French actor and filmmaker introduces three of her award winning short films.

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Mati Diop

Among the younger generation of artists exploring new approaches to narrative, the work of Mati Diop is notable for its sensitive portrayal of characters and intimate style of filming. Diop is also an actress, playing leading roles in Claire Denis’ 35 Shots of Rum and Antonio Campos’ Simon Killer, and is the niece of legendary Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty. Her recent short films will be presented together for the first time in the UK.


  • Director Mati Diop
  • France 2009
  • 16 mins

‘A story about boys who are continually travelling: between past, present and future, between life and death, history and myth.’ (Mati Diop)

Big in Vietnam

  • Director Mati Diop
  • France 2011
  • 28 mins

When a lead actor disappears from set, the director searches for him in the city of Marseille. Stumbling into a karaoke bar, she loses herself in memories of her former home in Vietnam, and encounters a man who shares her sense of displacement. As night becomes day, they walk along the seafront and he recounts the story of his journey from the Far East to Europe.

Snow Canon

  • Director Mati Diop
  • France 2011
  • 33 mins

Stranded in her parents’ chalet in the French Alps, a teenage girl passes time chatting online with friends, until the babysitter arrives and events take an unexpected turn. Innocent pastimes give way to games of power and seduction.

Total running time c77 mins
Mark Webber

Director biography

Born in 1982 in Paris, she works and lives there as a director and an actress. Having studied in the advanced degree program at Le Fresnoy (National Studio of Contemporary Arts) and Le Pavillon (the art residency of the Palais de Tokyo), she has directed four short films. She also played the female lead in Claire Denis' 35 Shots of Rum (Best Actress at the MK2 Young Talent Festival in 2009) and stars in Antonio Campos' Simon Killer (also in this year's LFF). She was cinematographer on Thierry de Peretti's 2011 mid-length film Sleepwalkers. Her father is musician Wasis Diop, and she is the niece of Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambety.


2004 Last Night [s]
2006 Île artificielle-expédition [s]
2009 Atlantiques [s]
2010 Big in Vietnam [s]
2011 Snow Canon [s]

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