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Souleymane Sy Savane is a Actor Ivoirien

Souleymane Sy Savane

Souleymane Sy Savane
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Nationality Ivoire

Souléymane Sy Savané is an actor who starred in the 2008 film Goodbye Solo.


Souléymane Sy Savané, a character actor, grew up in the Ivory Coast with a father who would tell stories and embody the characters so vividly that you would recognize them on the spot. And if you didn’t recognize them, they were so believable that you knew they existed.
Naturally, it was the way he started telling stories.

His acting career began 10 years after he moved to the United States, with his portrayal of Solo in Ramin Bahrani’s critically acclaimed Goodbye Solo. For his first feature, Sy Savane plays a character so exuberant that Roger Ebert called him “a force of nature.” The movie opened at the 2008 Venice Film Festival to a 10-minute standing ovation and won the FRIPESCI International Critics' award. A Gotham Best Breakthrough Performance nom came after, as well as an Independent Spirit for Best Male Lead, alongside Jeff Bridges and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Two years later he’s back in Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher as an introverted and dignified Sudanese rebel that befriends Gerard Butler.

In his last project, PAPA, Souléymane has audiences on edge with his gripping performance of a father losing control over his son.

Other Facts

Fluent in French and Mandingo
Theater debut in Groundswell at the New Group, directed by Scott Elliot
Studied British technique
Studied 3 years at Film Actors Workshop in Los Angeles under Eric Kline
Served on the 2012 Independent Spirit Award Nominating Committee

Usually with

Ramin Bahrani
Ramin Bahrani
(1 films)
Ira Sachs
Ira Sachs
(1 films)
Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler
(1 films)
Marc Forster
Marc Forster
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Souleymane Sy Savane (5 films)

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Killerman (2019)
, 1h52
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Actors Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen, Diane Guerrero, Suraj Sharma, Zlatko Burić, Mike Moh
Roles Bokassa
Rating54% 2.708792.708792.708792.708792.70879
Moe Diamond (Liam Hemsworth), blanchisseur d'argent New-Yorkais, se réveille sans mémoires et avec des millions d'argent volé ainsi que de la drogue . Il devra chercher des réponses tout en fuyant des policiers violents et corrompus.
Good Time
Good Time (2017)
, 1h39
Directed by Joshua et Ben Safdie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Joshua et Ben Safdie, Barkhad Abdi, Necro, Souleymane Sy Savane
Roles African Cab Driver
Rating72% 3.648973.648973.648973.648973.64897
Après un braquage raté, Connie réussit à s'enfuir mais son frère handicapé, Nick, est arrêté. Alors qu'il tente de réunir la caution pour libérer son frère, Connie voit une autre option qui s'offre à lui : le faire évader. Commence alors, dans les bas-fonds de New York, une longue nuit sous adrénaline.
Keep the Lights On, 1h38
Directed by Ira Sachs
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane, Paprika Steen, Maria Dizzia
Roles Alassane
Rating63% 3.195633.195633.195633.195633.19563
In 1998, Erik (Thure Lindhardt), a Danish artist living in New York, meets Paul (Zachary Booth), a lawyer, through a phone sex hotline. Clearly attracted to each other, they share an intimate moment and have sex. Erik later visits a man named Russ (Sebastian La Cause) who seems more interested in showing off his muscles to Erik than having sex. Erik sees Paul again, and tells him about how he broke up with his ex-boyfriend Paolo, who was HIV-positive. Erik confides to his friend Claire (Julianne Nicholson) on how he is happier now with Paul than he was with Paolo. Meanwhile, Paul asks Erik to keep quiet about his drug use and gets Erik high. Paul, who was closeted before meeting Erik, sees his ex-girlfriend while visiting an art gallery with Erik, who tries to persuade Paul to introduce him to her. While away from the city, Erik calls his doctor for some test results and learns that he is HIV-negative. Later, Paul throws a surprise birthday party for Erik.
Machine Gun Preacher, 2h9
Directed by Marc Forster
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Biography, Action, Crime
Themes Films set in Africa, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about religion
Actors Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Kathy Baker, Madeline Carroll, Souleymane Sy Savane
Roles Deng
Rating66% 3.349913.349913.349913.349913.34991
Although the film centers on Childers, it starts off with a scene in South Sudan, where the LRA are attacking a village. This opening scene is placed into context later in the film. Childers was an alcoholic drug-using biker from Pennsylvania. On his release from prison, he finds that his wife has given up her job as a stripper, because she has since become a Christian. Eventually, after he almost kills a vagrant the night before, his wife persuades him to go to church with her, where he is eventually converted.
Goodbye Solo, 1h31
Directed by Ramin Bahrani
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about suicide, Transport films, Films about the labor movement, Films about automobiles
Actors Souleymane Sy Savane, Red West
Roles Solo
Rating72% 3.6460453.6460453.6460453.6460453.646045
Solo, a Senegalese cab driver, is working to provide a better life for his young family in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. William, an old man with a lifetime of regrets, hires Solo to take him to Blowing Rock, a peak in which updrafts cause objects that are dropped from it to fly upwards. William does not ask for a ride back from the rock and is obviously depressed, so Solo assumes that the old man intends to commit suicide there. Solo befriends William, in hopes of talking him out of ending his life. He introduces William to his wife and his stepdaughter Alex, hoping to inspire the old man with the joys of life.