Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie‘s comics series about Aya of Yopougon tells the story of a nineteen year girl living in a working class town on the Ivory Coast. The strips are set in the 70s, and are reputed for having a strong sense of time and place, even some political acuity, all entwined with a charming and imaginative romantic comedy storyline.
A film is currently in production, based upon the first of the comics, and directed by Abouet and Oubrerie. Today, the first official image has appeared on Oubrerie’s blog. It might not be the most dynamic or explosive moment of drama in the story, but it’s a beautiful image that gives some idea of how well designed the film will be.
For more images, there’s a full set of press notes available as a PDF from the production company’s website. The more pages that loaded, the more I wanted to see the film.