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6th edition: 5 April - 9 April 2017

Félicité (2017 Feature Film)

Alain Gomis | France, Senegal, Belgium, Germany, Lebanon | 2017 | color | DCP | 123 min | Lingala, French | e.s.

Powerful portrait of Kinshasa and the confident, independent Félicité who helps patrons of the bar she performs in temporarily forget the misery outside. Fate strikes when her son ends up in hospital due to a motorbike accident. But this could be the start of something good.

Every night, charismatic singer Félicité’s exhilarating music captivates the audience in a bar in Kinshasa. One day her son ends up in hospital due to a serious motorbike accident and she has to find money to fund the operation. What follows is an odyssey through the richer and (mainly) poorer parts of the Congolese capital.
But should she be searching so far afield? Perhaps one of the bar’s regulars can help her, the imposing Tabu, a womanizer who never declines a drink. Can the proud, independent Félicité turn a blind eye to his behavior? When her son is released from hospital, her spartan flat with its broken fridge becomes a safe haven for the eccentric trio, an oasis of calm amid the chaos in the streets.

Place: CINEMA 2

Date: 6 April 2017

Time: 16:30

Duration: 1:40

Place: CINEMA 2

Date: 8 April 2017

Time: 19:15

Duration: 1:33

Year in Festival
2017
Director
Alain Gomis
Camera
Céline Bozon
Cast
Véro Tshanda Beya
Gaetan Claudia
Papi Mpaka
Nadine Ndebo
Elbas Manuana
Diplome Amekindra
Country
France
Senegal
Belgium
Germany
Lebanon
Editor
Fabrice Rouaud
Language
Lingala
French
Length
123 min
Music
The Kasaï Allstars
Producer
Arnaud Dommerc
Alain Gomis
Oumar Sall
Production Company
Andolfi
Granit Films
Cinekap
Production Design
Oumar Sall
Sales
Jour2Fête
Scenario
Alain Gomis
Sound Design
Jean-Pierre Laforce
Fred Meert
Year of Production
2017
Alain Gomis

According to Alain GOMIS the character of Félicité was modelled on the strong women in his family. The French director was born in Paris in 1972, but his parents were from Guinee-Bissau and Senegal. He studied art history and film at the Sorbonne and won a Silver Leopard in Locarno for his debut L’afrance/As a Man in 2001. Félicité (2017) was awarded the jury prize in Berlin.

Filmography

Caramels et chocolats/Chocolates and Caramels (1996, short), Tout le monde peut se tromper/Everyone Can Make Mistakes (1998, short), Tourbillons/Whirlwinds (1999, short) L’afrance/As a Man (2001), Petite lumière/Little Light (2003, short), Ahmed (2006, short) Andalucia (2007), Aujourd’hui/Today (2011), Les délices du monde (2012, TV), Félicité (2017)