TV5Monde supported film Today, a French-Senegalese co-prod


62nd International Film Festival of Berlin, from 9 to 19 February 2012: TV5Monde supported the production of film Aujourd’hui/Today (France / Senegal) directed by Alain Gomis, film listed in the official Berlin festival competition.

Among the 250 films and 200+ dramas broadcast each year on TV5Monde, some are being supported by the channel’s production unit. This policy of production aid was awarded at this year's Berlinale with film "Today" * from the Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis, the first African film nominated for the Golden Bear 9 years (in the official competition selection, official screening February 10, 2012).

Each year TV5Monde selects three to five films in support of the francophone film industry, and has an active policy of pre-purchasing about 50 French fiction titles each year. The scenario selection is established based on criteria of excellence in writing and consistency within the editorial line of the channel.

Through its presence at festivals around the world, theatrical release in France and abroad (with a special support for export), DVD release and broadcast on the channel, TV5MONDE accompanies films that it supported at production stage.

Today, TV5Monde is a leading global television channel for general entertainment designed for worldwide distribution, broadcasting exclusively original French-language programmes through 9 distinct regionalised signals. Today, more than 220 million households receive TV5Monde in 200 countries and territories.

About the film and the film maker:
« Aujourd’hui » (French for "Today" - France / Senegal) from Alain Gomis with Saul Williams, Aissa Maiga and  Djolof Mbengue.
2011 - Duration: 86 mins - production company: Maïa Cinema - Export / sales: Wide Management – Distribution France: Rezo Films.
Synopsis: What's going on in the head of a man who has only 24 hours to live and who knows about it? Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis describes this last day in his latest film, Today, with the leading role given to Saul Williams, poet, singer and actor.

Alain Gomis: Born of a Senegalese father and a French mother, Alain Gomis studied art history and earned a Master of Film Studies. As part of video workshops, he produced several reports on young immigrant, a theme that is close to his heart. He then turned several short films, including ‘Tourbillons’ in 1999, presented at several festivals in France and abroad. Two years later, he moved to feature films with ‘Afrance’, a dramatic comedy, followed by ‘Petite Lumière’ (French for ‘Little Light’). In 2008, he directed Andalucia, a comedy where he sets travelling on stage once again.