Under The Starry Sky

Dyana Gaye

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  • Release on January 29, 2014
  • Duration: 1h26
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Festival Premier Plan d'Angers (Public Award and Grand prix du jury ex-eaquo French Feature Film)
Toronto International Film Festival


Between Turin, Dakar and New York, Sophie, Abdoulaye and Thierno’s three destinies cross paths and echo one another, delineating a constellation of exile.

Sophie, 24 years old, leaves Dakar to join her husband, Abdoulaye, in Turin. Meanwhile, Abdoulaye has already left for New York through a smuggler’s network. 19-year-old Thierno is traveling in Africa for the first time.

With these three characters’ destinies, Under The Starry Sky takes us on a journey through the diversity of the cities the characters travel to, confronting us with the realities, hopes, and dreams of contemporary emigration.

About the director

Dyana Gaye was born in Paris in 1975. In 1998, she graduated from Paris 8-St Denis University where she majored in film studies. In 1999, she won the Louis Lumière-Villa Médicis scholarship for her script Une Femme pour Souleymane, which she directed the following year. In 2004, she directed J'ai Deux Amours, for the group project Paris, La Métisse and was a finalist in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Initiative. in 2006, her filom Deweneti received mich acclaim in France and Abroad. In 2007, it won the Jury Prize at the International Short Film Festival in Clermond-Ferrand, and was one of five films nominated for Best Short Film at the 2008 César awards (French Academy Awards). In 2009, she directed the musical Saint-Louis Blues, which had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival. It was selected in several other festivals as well, including Sundance and Toronto. In 2011 she received a second Cesar Nomination for this film in the Best Short Film Category.

  • Director Dyana Gaye
  • Thierno Ralph Amoussou
  • Sophie Marième Demba Ly
  • Abdoulaye Souleymane Seye Ndiaye
  • Serigne Babacar M’Baye Fall
  • Rose Mata Gabin
  • Mame Amy Sokhna Niang
  • Vadim Andrei Zayats
  • Dior Johanna Kabou
  • Ada Maya Sansa
  • Sidney Poitier Sy Major West
  • Rokhaya Aminata Mbaye
  • Charles Abdel Aziz Mbodj
  • Adja Fatoumata Bintou Gueye
  • Bakary Boroko Alassane Niang
  • The homeless man Mark Grenier
  • Fanta Sabine Pakora
  • Nick Marcelo Cabrera
  • Coco Naïma Gaye
  • Abebi Mercy Lambert
  • Storyline Dyana Gaye
  • Storyline Cécile Vargaftig
  • Director of Photography Irina Lubtchansky
  • Chief Editor Gwen Mallauran
  • Assistant Director Pierre Ferrari
  • 1st Assistant Director Barbara Canale
  • Chief Costume Designer Malgosia Turzanska
  • Script Elodie Van Beuren
  • Sound Engineer Dimitri Haulet
  • Sound Editor Romain Le Bras
  • Sound Editor Sandy Notarianni
  • Press Officer Viviana Andriani
  • Press Officer Aurélie Dard
  • Coproducer Jean-Baptiste Legrand
  • Delegate Producer Arnaud Dommerc
  • Delegate Producer Nathalie Eybrard
  • Delegate Producer Jean-Baptiste Legrand
  • Production Andolfi
  • Production Centrale Electrique
  • Coproduction Rouge international
  • Coproduction Cinekap
  • Coproduction Ezekiel Film Production
  • France Distributor (Theatrical Release) Haut et Court